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FMCA Chapter to Move Florida Rally Site?

Every year, the Family Motor Coach Association's (FMCA) southeast rally floods the Brooksville Regional Airport near Tampa, Fla., with RVs. The event creates a mini-city of close to 1,000 RV enthusiasts and has become an economic boon to Hernando County. But is the party about to end? After 15 years, the motorcoach host committee could move the event to another location after this year's rally, scheduled for Feb. 6-10. According to Bay News 9's partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times,... Read more

Banff National Park Welcomes 'The Bachelor'

Sean Lowe, The Bachelor The beautiful and majestic scenery of Banff National Park and its crown jewel, Lake Louise, will provide the setting for the upcoming sixth episode of the popular reality series "The Bachelor" when it airs on a special day and time, Tuesday, Feb. 5, (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC, according to a news release. This season on "The Bachelor," Sean Lowe, 29, the successful Dallas businessman and entrepreneur who charmed fans while wooing Bachelorette Emily... Read more

Public-Private Partnerships: A Park Solution?

America's state parks are popular, receiving over 725 million visitors in 2010 alone; yet state governments are finding it increasingly difficult to keep the gates open. As state budgets shrink, funding for state parks is now competing directly with other policy priorities like education, public health and safety, the Hawaii Free Press reported. Across the country, parks have been closed and budgets have been drastically reduced as governors and legislatures grapple with solutions to maintain... Read more

Great Plains are 'Epicenter of 2013 Drought'

The Northeast: Last week brought with it well below normal temperatures and virtually no precipitation across the region, leading to no changes with regard to the remaining D0. Mid Atlantic: After back-to-back wet weeks for most of the region, things dried out and cooled down considerably this past week, resulting in a status quo depiction on the map. The Southeast: The Southeast also turned predominantly dry and warmer this week. The most notable changes occurred in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.... Read more

A New Look at Campground Water Standards

From the current issue of the CalARVC News comes the following story about new standards for water use. Park owners in California and around the country have faced financial challenges from their local water and sewer agencies. In this era of public agency “creative financing,” many RV parks have been assessed astronomical water and sewer assessment fees. Agencies have based RV site water usage and output on residential standards. And while park owners know that RVs don’t consume anywhere near... Read more

Ocean Lakes to Host Beach n' Boogie Event

  A moment from a previous Beach n' Boogie event at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will host its 13th Annual Beach n' Boogie Weekend Feb. 15-16. Beach music and fun activities are just a few of the things that will be available for the entire family. The celebration is exclusively for guests of the campground, according to a news release. The festivities will kick off on Friday, Feb. 15, with a performance from Men of Distinction... Read more

Louisiana Parks Take Bear Safety Measures

Some views of Kemper Williams Park near Patterson, La., southwest of New Orleans. For many outdoor enthusiasts, nothing beats a night or two of camping in a tent, and Louisiana’s mild winters provide the perfect temperatures for doing just that. But mild winters also mean the state’s bear population doesn’t really hibernate, leading one Tri-parish park to ban tent camping for an undetermined time, the Tri-Parish Times, Houma, reported. “Tent camping has been suspended at the park since late... Read more

Southern Indiana Campground Adds Wi-Fi

Pin marks location of Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area in southern Indiana Campers at Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area (FWA) near Montgomery, Ind., may notice a few minor changes this year at the campground. The Washington Times Herald reported that last May the Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks and Recreation Department took over operation and maintenance of the campground for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which still operates the fish and wildlife area. According to a report by WBIW... Read more

'Mother Nature' Appears in Camping Promo

Mother Nature Delaware State Parks has crafted a creative promotion to lure campers to state parks over the winter. In a website promotion depicting Mother Nature as a senior citizen donning a leather jacket, the parks challenge readers to "take her on." The website touts: Mother Nature doesn’t close up shop just because it gets a little cold out. She just puts on a different show – one that includes abundant wildlife, crisp, clear weather, and bragging rights for anyone tough enough... Read more

Strong Winds Flip RVs at East Texas Park

Tuesday night's powerful winds ripped through an East Texas RV park, leaving behind lots of damage an even some injuries, KSLA-TV, Shreveport, La., reported. Some RVs were flipped over onto their roofs, sending one man to the hospital with a gash on his head. Residents at the EAS-LEE RV Park in Hughes Springs, Texas, reported hearing the wind then felt their homes moving. One woman says she threw herself over her two children who were sleeping on the floor to protect them when her RV began to... Read more

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