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Texas Flood Cleanup Helps Campgrounds

The Parks and Recreation Department in Grapevine, Texas, Keep Grapevine Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful have teamed up for the Lake Grapevine Waterway Cleanup, which is ongoing through Oct. 13, according to The Dallas Morning News. Volunteers are sought to help clean up parks, trails, sports fields and campgrounds that were devastated by the summer flood. The official cleanup kickoff is on Saturday (Sept. 29). Supplies will be provided, and free T-shirts will be given to the first 500 participants.... Read more

Ohio Water Park May Get Campground

The aquatic park at Uhrichsville, Ohio, may have a new neighbor once it opens next summer – a campground near Stillwater Creek, according to the New Philadelphia Times Reporter, New Philadelphia, Ohio. During the Uhrichsville City Council meeting Thursday (Sept. 27), council members approved a study to be conducted by Hammontree & Associates Ltd. of North Canton for $14,400, paid through the aquatic park fund. Councilman Rob Stewart, who is on the park committee, said adding a camping facility... Read more

Cape May Voters Oppose Park Model Limits

A New Jersey proposal that would place stricter building and inspection guidelines on recreational park trailers is facing opposition in Cape May County, home of the most campsites in the state, according to The Press, Atlantic City. The state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has proposed new rules regarding "park model" trailers that require more durable structures designed to protect the health and safety of occupants. Park models are recreational trailers designed to stay at campgrounds... Read more

Ohio Raises Tourism Funding by 40%

The Ohio Campground Owners Association (OCOA), as a member of the Ohio Travel Association (OTA), was successful in lobbying the state legislature for a 40% increase in funding ($5.5 million over two years) for the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism’s marketing efforts. This made the Ohio tourism industry one of the few industries to benefit from increased funding in the state’s 2008-2009, $52 billion budget bill, which was recently signed by Gov. Ted Strickland, according to the current issue... Read more

Yellowstone, Grand Teton Visits Rise

The high price of gas didn't keep visitors away from Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks this summer. The number of visitors to Grand Teton National Park exceeded 540,000 in August, up 8.6% from the same month last year, according to the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News and Guide. The total number of visitors to Grand Teton so far this year is up 6% compared with 2006, and the number of people staying at Grand Teton, both in concession lodging and at campgrounds, also has increased. Similarly,... Read more

Lender Solex Partners With Advantage Credit

Online lender Solex LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho, announced Wednesday (Sept. 26) a partnership with Advantage Credit International to provide automated credit reporting for recreational vehicle and marine loans approved through Solex’s financing and insurance software. Through the partnership with Pensacola, Fla.-based Advantage Credit, both dealers and lenders have access to complete credit reports from the three credit reporting bureaus resulting in instant financing options for qualified buyers and... Read more

Workers Still Filling Wyoming RV Parks

A few years back, Michigan resident Jim Bailer worked in southwest Wyoming on a short job. Before leaving Michigan, he called ahead and reserved a spot at a local RV park with little fuss. Back in Wyoming this summer for a three-month pipeline construction job, the 31-year-old Bailer said this time around, he had to scramble to find a spot in any RV park and is now paying twice the price, more than $600 per week, according to the Casper Star Tribune. So it goes, he said, for out-of-state workers... Read more

GM/UAW Reach Tentative Agreement

The United Auto Workers and General Motors Corp. agreed today (Sept. 26) to a tentative contract that puts the responsibility for retirees' health care into the union's hands and ends a two-day strike, the first national strike against an automaker in 31 years. GM and the UAW confirmed that the deal creates a GM-funded, UAW-run trust to administer retiree health care. The two sides gave no other details, but a person briefed on the contract told The Associated Press that it also would give... Read more

RV Travel Rising Among Hispanic Families

Isaac and Connie Hernandez are so passionate about RVing that no destination is too far away. “If we could RV to Hawaii, we would,” says Isaac, a 46-year-old police officer from El Paso, Texas. Until a trans-Pacific Ocean highway is built, Isaac, his wife, Connie, and their three sons are content making frequent weekend trips in their RV to a mountain resort in New Mexico, about two hours from their home. The Hernandez family is among an increasing number of Latino Americans who find the RV lifestyle... Read more

Calif. Nat. Forests Juggle Fees, Services

As national forests around the country re-evaluate a dollar's worth of recreation, two national forests in Southern California are planning some small tweaks to recreational areas. The aim is part of a national effort to make the most of limited forest budgets. Officials hope that by closing little-used campsites and picnic areas, more money can be used to update more popular sites, according to the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise. In California’s San Bernardino National Forest, that means... Read more

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