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American Land and Leisure Expands Control

September 20, 2010 by   - () Comments Off on American Land and Leisure Expands Control

The Willamette National Forest in Oregon has selected Linn County and American Land and Leisure to operate and maintain campgrounds starting next year, forest officials have announced.

Linn County Parks and Recreation was selected to run six campgrounds on the Sweet Home Ranger District beginning in January 2011, the Albany Democrat Herald reported.

American Land and Leisure was picked to manage 47 campgrounds in the Detroit, McKenzie River and Middle Fork Ranger Districts.

Two solicitations for proposals to provide visitor services at various recreation sites were issued in May. The solicitations generated three proposals.

“American Land and Leisure and Linn County Parks demonstrated that they offer the best value to the public they will serve in each of the complexes,” forest officials said in a statement.

The Willamette National Forest currently has four campground concession permits to cover multiple campgrounds on each of the four ranger districts. The decision was made to consolidate these into two permits to provide the public with greater consistency across the forest.

The four current permits will expire on Dec. 31, 2010. The new permits are scheduled to become effective Jan. 1, 2011. However, the selection decision is subject to administrative appeal for 45 days.

American Land and Leisure operates campgrounds in many national forests, including the Siuslaw and Colville in the Pacific Northwest Region. In business as a campground manager since 1986, the company has 24 years of experience, and manages more than 400 campgrounds nationwide. It currently maintains more campgrounds on Federal lands than any other concessionaire in the United States, with contracts from California to West Virginia.

In addition to eight regional recreation facilities in the county, Linn County Parks and Recreation also operates and maintains Clear Lake Resort, under special use permit with the Willamette National Forest.

Forest Supervisor Meg Mitchell said: “I am looking forward to expanding our partnership with Linn County Parks as the operator of our campgrounds in the South Santiam Corridor. I also want to thank our current permittees for the services they have provided across the forest for many years.”

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