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Illinois to Reopen Seven State Parks

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday (Feb. 26) the reopening of seven state parks closed last year by the Blagojevich administration due to the state's budget crisis. The governor says reopening these seven state sites gives back dozens of recreational opportunities including camping, fishing, and hiking to more than 2 million visitors each year, according to Illinoishomepage.net. The facilities that will reopen are Castle Rock State Park, Lowden State Park, Illini State Park, Hidden Springs... Read more

Maryland Park Owners Get ‘Shot in the Arm'

More than 40 people representing 14 campgrounds and four associate memberships attended the Maryland Association of Campgrounds (MAC) Spring Meeting Tuesday (Feb. 24) at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md. “It was a great meeting – just the shot in the arm that we need to head into another camping season,” Deb Carter, MAC executive director, told Woodall’s Campground Management. Attendees heard presentations from: Nita Settina, Maryland state park superintendent, on the recently instituted... Read more

San Diego Park Captures Solar Power

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve officials have found a way to obtain cheap electricity and provide shade for the recreational vehicles stored at the Santee park near San Diego, Calif. A solar-power system was built atop shade covers that were installed at the park's 300-space RV storage parking lot late last year. The Padre Dam Municipal Water District, which operates the park, has a 20-year agreement with the company running the solar-power system to buy electricity at a cheaper rate than... Read more

Virginia to Tax Out-of-State Stored RVs

A bill aimed at taxing recreational vehicles and boats parked inside self-storage businesses has passed the Virginia General Assembly. Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge County, said he sponsored the measure because many of the stored vehicles were not being taxed because the owners live in other states, according to The News & Advance, Lynchburg. One Amherst County resident who followed the progress of HB 2289 said she was worried that the soon-to-be law could discourage many of her friends who normally... Read more

Outdoor Industry Praises Obama Budget

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) praised President Obama’s focus on public lands in his FY 2010 budget. The president’s budget proposes to increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior, which manages the National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It also sets up a dedicated fund for fire suppression at the BLM and the Forest Service, a leading priority for OIA, according to a news release.... Read more

Memorial Gazebo Moved to Texas RV Park

Continued vandalism has cost Sandidge Park in Bandera, Texas, its icon of 18 years – a lovely gazebo built by Lou and Shermalee Mack in memory of their slain daughter. After attempts to keep graffiti off the structure failed repeatedly, members of the Bandera County Optimist Club allowed the Mack family to remove the gazebo on Feb. 15 to their nearby RV park, according to the Bandera County Courier. “It’s a sad story,” Optimist Club member Jean Heep Stevens said. “Lou and Shermalee donated... Read more

Affinity's 'The Rally' Set for April 17-20

Thousands of RV enthusiasts plan on getting their kicks on Route 66 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the nation’s largest RV rally – officially called "The Rally" – convening April 17-20 in Albuquerque, N.M. Visitors to Albuquerque’s Expo New Mexico can find plenty of ways to enjoy the legendary Route 66, while experiencing the latest in recreational vehicles and accessories, live entertainment, family friendly activities, educational seminars and an annual attempt to break... Read more

New Indiana KOA Owners Park Veterans

The specter of a recession didn’t deter Ryan and Ann Marie Crismore from plunging ahead in their multi-million dollar investment in a new campground in northeastern Indiana. The Crismores, 30-year veterans of mobile home park management in their hometown of Bluffton, Ind., plan to open the new Bluffton/Fort Wayne KOA campground in mid-April. “We’d love to have it ready now,” Ann Marie told Woodall’s Campground Management this week. She and her husband worked an RV show at the Memorial... Read more

Lake Texoma Campgrounds Work Begins

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend $4.5 million this summer fixing campgrounds bordering Lake Texoma that still show signs of damage from the 2007 flood, but to do that, they'll also have to close some areas. Roads among other things are being repaired and rebuilt at various Lake Texoma campgrounds, according to KTEN-TV, Dennison Texas. "There's going to be a number of projects throughout the year. Our goal is to affect the customers the least amount possible." said Army... Read more

Yellowstone Wolf Tracked to Colorado

An 18-month-old female wolf, once a member of Yellowstone National Park's Mill Creek Pack, is now in Colorado, having completed an epic journey of 1,000 miles, Colorado officials said Wednesday (Feb. 25). The global-positioning satellite collar attached to the young wolf indicates her last known position was in Eagle County, 60 miles west of Denver, according to the Denver Post. She separated from her pack just north of the Yellowstone National Park boundary in September and has now traveled... Read more

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