The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From CBS News:
Hungry bears are rummaging through garbage, ripping through screens and crawling into cars in search of sustenance as hot weather nationwide shrivels up their normal summer diet of greens and berries.
Bears have broken into candy stores in New York state and Colorado recently. The U.S. Forest Service closed two campgrounds at the end of July because of bears raiding picnic baskets and coolers.
Weather-related bear problems are nothing new, as natural food supplies vary from year to year depending on rainfall and other factors. But biologists say this summer has been a particularly busy one, at least in New York.
While property has been damaged by foraging bears, no human injuries have been reported in New York this year.
From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Construction at two campgrounds in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks will result in closures and limited access during the next three weeks.
Work is being done at both the Granite Tors and Red Squirrel campgrounds, located at miles 39.5 and 43 Chena Hot Springs Road, respectively.
Construction activities include reconditioning campground roads and campsite pads, replacing park furniture, installing a stairway at the start of the Granite Tors Trail, paving an apron at the Flat Creek Slough boat launch and building several orientation kiosks, according to press release issued by Alaska State Parks on Wednesday.
The Rosehip Campground at 27 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road will remain open during the construction period.
From a news release:
On Aug. 25, the National Park Service turns 96 years old and is inviting everyone, especially children, to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. If you want to share birthday wishes or stories, pictures, or video from your trip to a park, our friends at the National Park Foundation have created a birthday website www.NPSbirthday.org to get the celebration going.
“National parks belong to all Americans and we invite everyone to join us on this special day,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “There are hundreds of events planned. Take the kids on a snorkel adventure, bike ride, kayak tour, hike, or archeological dig. See a blacksmith demo, living history encampment, or Native American concert. Or join me and thousands of children at Rocky Mountain National Park’s big BioBlitz.”
The 6th Annual BioBlitz, presented by the National Park Service and National Geographic, is a 24-hour event where teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and others explore the park and identify species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms. Kids can go on discovery expeditions, take fun, hands-on “classes” at the Biodiversity University, and enjoy music, live animals, and science demonstrations at the Biodiversity Festival.
“Like so many park lovers, the National Park Foundation is grateful to the National Park Service for the exceptional work they do every day to protect and preserve our country’s 397 national parks,” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO. “This month we are excited to celebrate their 96th birthday and extend our thanks to them.”
You can choose the park you would like to visit by location or by event at www.nps.gov. If you can’t make it to a park for the big day, remember the mission of the National Park Service extends beyond park boundaries into communities across the country. NPS works with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. Go to www.nps.gov/communities/states.htm to see what we do in your community.
From the Alamagordo Daily News:
State officials say a boat ramp at El Vado Lake State Park in northern New Mexico is closed along with some campgrounds because of low water levels in the lake.
The state Parks Division says the north El Vado boat ramp is closed and vehicles aren’t allowed at the Sands Cove and South Point areas in the southwestern portion of the park. The agency said the campgrounds aren’t being used because they’re too far from the lake at lower water levels.
Other parts of the park remain open.
The park is about 17 miles southwest of Tierra Amarilla in Rio Arriba County.
Park officials say the closures will allow staff to focus on maintaining and patrolling other areas of the park still being used by the public.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
From The Guardian, Charlottetown:
Campgrounds located on Prince Edward Island reported a 14.7 percent jump in site-nights for June for a total of almost 30,000.
However, for the fifth straight month the number of rooms island hotels and motels sold went down compared to last year, according to the province’s latest tourism numbers released for June.
Don Cudmore, executive director of the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I., said he wasn’t surprised to see the number of room nights sold and the amount of traffic across the Confederation Bridge were down.
“Substantially, we think,” he said.
Cudmore said camping is less expensive than some other accommodations and the weather has been very good this summer.
“People who haven’t been in the camping mode for a long time are now all of a sudden in a camping mode,” he said.