The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Huff Post:
Overnight camping has been halted at two campgrounds in western North Carolina because of encounters with bears.
The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday closed Shining Rock Wilderness and Graveyard Fields north of Brevard to camping.
The forest service says there have been seven bear-human encounters in the area. The latest happened Monday night when a bear damaged a tent and a food bag. There were people in the tent, but no one was hurt.
Pisgah National Forest Recreation Manager Jeff Owenby says the two areas have not been closed to camping in the five years he has been there.
Owenby says the areas are open for daytime visits.
The forest service says it will monitor conditions to determine when the areas can reopen to camping.
From KOB-TV, Albuquerque:
The state is considering allowing people who have a license to carry concealed guns to bring their weapons into New Mexico state parks.
The Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department held a public meeting in Santa Fe on Wednesday to receive some input on the idea.
Individuals opposed to the plan said they worry about safety, but supporters said safety is the whole reason they need their guns.
Under the proposal, concealed guns can only be fired in state parks in self defense.
National parks have allowed visitors to carry concealed weapons since 2010.
From WKRG-TV, Mobile:
There are good folks that live at the American RV Park on Highway 59 in Summerdale, but police chief Eddie Ingram says a criminal element has moved in.
In recent month- police have made more than 40 arrests at the RV park and shut down three active meth labs inside several campers.
The most recent meth lab discovery happened Sunday night. Officers found a lab inside a trailer where children live.
Chief Ingram met with Mayor David Wilson and the town’s attorney Monday to discuss the problems at American RV Park.
The three discussed the legalities of declaring the park a public nuisance and shutting it down.
From the Bangor Daily News:
Three St. John Valley communities will share a $250,000 grant aimed at promoting expanded tourism and economic development opportunities.
The Northern Border Regional Commission grant will fund improvements to the boat landings, camping areas and historical sites in Madawaska, St. Agatha and Frenchville, according to Suzie Paradis, Madawaska director of community and economic development and author of the grant.
The projects were developed with an eye toward the upcoming 2014 World Acadian Congress and the associated need to house some of the 50,000 visitors expected in the area over the two weeks of the event.
“The new RV and camping sites can help with hosting [the World Acadian Congress] as well as for the annual Acadian Festival and summer fests,” Paradis said. “We want to do all that we can to improve our area in time for 2014.
In Madawaska, the grant funds will be used to create eight RV sites at the town’s boat landing along the St. John River.
“These sites will have full water and bathroom hook-ups,” Paradis said. “We will also expand the boat landing and have camping along the river.”
The St. John Valley is co-hosting the World Acadian Congress with northwestern New Brunswick and the Temiscouata region of Quebec.