State Park Directors Reach Out to ARVC

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September 9, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) has formally extended membership to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and its members.

The vote was taken Thursday at its annual conference held at Custer State Park in South Dakota.

(Due to a source error, erroneously reported that the matter would be discussed on Wednesday.)

According to a report from Philip McKnelly, NASPD executive director, the NASPD board of directors voted to approve affiliate membership and accept ARVC as an associate member.

A Memorandum of Mutual Support was signed by NASPD and ARVC officials following the announcement to the representatives of 46 member states present.

"Folks were pleased to see the relationship working out," McKnelly reported, summarizing casual comments he heard after the announcement. "From our standpoint every state (campground) association will be encouraged to get involved."

NASPD membership dues for affiliate members is $400 annually. NASPD's fiscal year begins Nov. 1.

Ruth Coleman

Ruth Coleman, California state park director, began her two-year term as NASPD president during the meeting, succeeding Joe Alton of Virginia.

Other issues discussed at this week's conference included the role of parks in health and fitness, connecting children to nature and using partnerships and innovations to address funding challenges.

The NASPD is comprised of state park directors from all 50 states as well as U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico.The NASPD action comes following an earlier announcement that ARVC was opening up its membership to state parks on a trial basis for the remainder of this year. Several states, notably California, have indicated they would join ARVC.

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