The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Associated Press:
Volunteers packed out 5,000 pounds of litter strewn around Yosemite National Park’s cherished peaks, meadows and vistas last month as part of an annual cleanup effort.
More than 1,000 volunteers also gathered 15,000 pounds of concrete, asphalt, and other large trash.
Superintendent Don Neubacher says since the event began nine years ago, less litter has been accumulating each year. He attributes that to the park’s efforts to teach visitors about outdoor ethics in the wilderness.
Rangers say much of the trash could not be removed from the highest crags if it weren’t for climbers wearing protective gear who worked their way up steep cliffs to reach it.
This year, volunteers focused on cleaning trash and other items from the base of the Half Dome cables and alongside the dome where the cables are installed.
From The Associated Press:
A land conservation group has reached a long-sought agreement to prevent a gas drilling project near a southern approach to Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park by buying out a vast area of mineral leases.
The Trust for Public Land plans to buy out 58,000 acres of oil and gas leases owned by Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. for $8.75 million, the San Francisco-based group told The Associated Press.
The announcement opens a fundraising effort by the trust. Almost half the money needs to be raised if the deal is to be closed at the end of the year as the agreement requires.
PXP confirmed the agreement with the conservation group, set to be announced at a news conference later today in Jackson. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead planned to attend.
“PXP has repeatedly stated our willingness to consider a buyout of our lease position if a valid offer was tendered. Today’s announcement fulfills that pledge,” PXP vice president Steve Rusch said in a statement.
The deal would end PXP’s plan to drill 136 gas wells near the Hoback River headwaters inside Bridger-Teton National Forest. Opponents said the project would pollute the air, harm wildlife and taint pristine streams in a rolling landscape of meadows and forest.
From The Dayton News:
The city council in Dayton, Texas, has adopted an ordinance that requires an RV park to be at least two acres and to conform to certain street, utility and pad-size specifications. The annual license fee would depend on the number of units and could range from $500 to $1,000. Additionally, RV units must be located on private internal streets.
In the ordinance henceforth there are RV parks, and there are mobile home parks — period. The property is designated one or the other. Although the new ordinance prohibits RVs to be located in mobile home parks and also bans mobile homes from being placed in RV parks, the law grandfathers out of the restriction those existing mobile home parks that already have RV capacity. The ordinance is not going to undercut existing dual-use property owners.
Growth in the oil and gas drilling business triggered this opportunity for the city.
From the Calgary Herald:
A trail closure due to a grizzly bear in the Skoki area of Banff National Park will likely remain in effect through the Thanksgiving weekend. A week ago, Skoki Lodge manager Leo Mitzel was out scrambling with his Jack Russel terrier when the bear attacked and killed the dog. The pet was on a leash at the time.
As a result, Parks Canada closed several campgrounds and trails in the area around Lake Louise.
“The Skoki area is still closed,” said Omar McDadi, spokesman for Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay national parks. “We haven’t seen the bear in a few days. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
The closures include the campgrounds and trails around Hidden Lake, Baker Lake, Merlin Meadows and Red Deer lakes.
From CBS News, Philadelphia:
The National Park Service has given two utilities permission to put power lines through scenic recreation areas popular with Philadelphia area residents, including the Delaware Water Gap. The park service will get $56 million worth of improvements in exchange.
The power line, supported by 200 foot high towers, will cut through 4.5 miles of the Water Gap, the closest place to Philadelphia where visitors can enjoy a large stretch of forested national park land.
Environmentalists have been fighting the project for five years and Cinda Waldbuesser of the National Parks Conservation Association says they’re disappointed with the approval.
“It’s going to fragment the forests, its habitats and change the character of some of the most visited national park units in the country.”
National Park Service spokesman David Barna says the decision was a trade-off.
“We believe the good projects that we will be able to get out of the $56 million mitigation fund is a better public good than blocking this transmission line.”
The line is a joint project of two power companies. They estimate it will cost $1.2 billion and be complete in 2015.