The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
According to the latest Reading Fire report released Saturday via InciWeb – the interagency all-risk incident information website – the wildfire that broke out within Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California on July 23 has to-date consumed some 15,504 acres and currently remains only seven percent contained.
On Saturday (Aug. 11) the fire made a significant run up West Prospect Peak causing the closure of the Butte Lake Campground and several additional trails. In addition, the Lassen National Forest has closed all roads and campgrounds south of Highway 44 and east of Highway 89. Summit Lake, Lost Creek, & Crags campground are currently closed as are a number of trails in the park.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is closing Kendall and Waitsboro campgrounds at Lake Cumberland earlier than scheduled in 2012 due to internal roadway repairs.
Kendall Campground is closing Nov. 4. Its anticipated reopen date is March 15, 2013. Waitsboro Campground is closing Sept. 9. Its anticipated reopen date is April 5, 2013.
Roadways in both campgrounds were damaged during the floods of May 2010. The Federal Highway Administration worked on the project plans and designs, and is overseeing the vast majority of repairs. The repairs are not expected to interfere with the 2013 recreation season.
“We understand how these closures will negatively affect a number of our fall season campers. We regret the inconvenience, and have made every attempt to impact as few visitors as possible,” said Brett Call, natural resource manager at Lake Cumberland.
From The Associated Press:
Wildlife officials are warning that last winter's drought and a hot, dry summer have limited bears' natural food supplies and are driving the animals into areas they usually don't travel.
Perry Will with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department tells the Vail Daily this year is shaping up to be similar to 2002, when another severe drought brought an unusual number of bears into neighborhoods. Several cities in the Vail Valley have reported increased bear sightings.
Meanwhile, Will says the Yeoman Park campground southeast of Eagle has been closed to "soft-sided" shelters, including tents and canvas-walled pop-up campers, because of a habituated bear that is roaming the area. He adds he will close campgrounds if necessary to reduce bear-human conflicts.
Sept. 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maurice K. Goddard, patriarch of the Pennsylvania state park system. Goddard served under five Pennsylvania governors as secretary of forests and waters and as the founding secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources.
During his tenure, Goddard added 45 parks and 130,000 acres of public park land to the state. Goddard’s efforts helped make Pennsylvania’s park system one of the best in the country. In 2009, Pennsylvania received the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. The Goddard Legacy Project began the same year to increase awareness of Goddard’s impact.
Goddard’s work as a public servant included:
- Securing a state park within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian.
- Dedicating funding for natural resource conservation.
- Aiding the formation of the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
- Creating a watershed-scale approach to resource conservation.
- Influencing the national conservation policy.