This Year's Project: Maintenance of the Chief Standing Bear Trail
HCTA was formed in October 2000 and is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The purpose is to advocate and support a network of trails in Gage County and throughout the State of Nebraska. HCTA supported the 2002 purchase of the Union Pacific railroad right of way by raising money for the purchase and maintenance of the trail. HCTA also provided the area education to the trail use benefits. HCTA is the trail manager/operator of the Ponca “Chief Standing Bear Trail” through an agreement signed on July 26, 2015 with the Nebraska Trails Foundation, Inc. and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. The trail owner is the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. This tract of approximately 230 acres is private property and opens as a recreational trail. HCTA’s volunteer board of Directors includes two members from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, two from the Nebraska Trails Foundation Inc. and the balance of directors from Gage County.
Current Project: Maintenance of the Chief Standing Bear Trail
Every year the Board members and Volunteers of the trail maintain the Chief Standing Bear Trail. The maintenance includes mowing all trailheads, trimming of trees and branches that fall into the trail and keeping the growth back, spraying the trail and parking areas of all trail heads for noxious weeds. Maintenance of the ATV's to haul rock and chainsaws for upkeep of the trail. All work is done by the volunteers of the HCTA board and active volunteers who help out with the trail maintenance and upkeep. All funds to maintain the trail are raised by donations, purchases of trail passes and events that are held on the trail.