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January 17, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment


From National Parks Traveler:

A landslide possibly triggered by heavy rains has severed the main route across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Newfound Gap Road, and it could be a while before the road reopens, park officials said Wednesday (Jan. 16).

The stretch in question is near mile marker 22 between Collins Creeks and Webb Overlook on the North Carolina side of the park. Park officials estimated the slide to involve a 300-foot section of road extending 1,000 feet down slope and encompassing roughly 90,000 cubic yards of material. The closure is expected to be in effect for an extended period of time.


From WHO-TV Des Moines, and the Quad Cities Times:

Campers spent 709,595 days in Iowa state parks in 2012, a 4% increase from 684,417 over the previous year, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Lewis and Clark State Park in Western Iowa was the most popular spot.

Authorities say the increase was likely due to warmer than usual spring weather and an early start to the camping season.

The DNR reported the top 10 parks for camping nights were: Lewis and Clark State Park, Rock Creek State Park, Viking Lake State Park, Lake Ahquabi State Park, Clear Lake State Park, Lake Anita State Park, Ledges State Park, Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, Marble Beach State Recreation Area and Backbone State Park.

From KTIV-TV, Sioux City:

The Sioux City City Council is thinking about approving the funding needed to build a campground at Bacon Creek Park.

They discussed the facility Tuesday (Jan. 15) in their annual budget talks.

Cost is about $1 million capital improvement dollars, spread out amongst fiscal years 2014 through 2016.

The site would accommodate both tents and RVs. City officials say it's a chance to increase Sioux City's appeal.

"The idea is to have some camping opportunities for people that come into Sioux City. We want to be a destination," said Parks Maintenance Field Supervisor Kelly Bach.

The funding is pending the city council's approval in February.


From a news release:

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced this week the launch of its new Geographic Information System (GIS)-based site that provides up-to-date interactive maps and information about recreational opportunities at Tennessee State Parks and natural areas. Plans also are under way to incorporate GIS information about state historical and archaeological sites in the future.

The new application offers an easily navigable portal to access a map of TDEC-managed lands. This GIS-based Internet mapping system has been integrated into TDEC’s existing infrastructure to provide a wealth of geospatial information, including core GIS tools, templates and applications. These new interactive maps and layers also are designed to help TDEC improve operations and communicate more effectively with the public, while saving both time and money.

“Created internally by TDEC employees, the launch is the result of a collaborative effort across many levels of the department,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Over the past several years, staff has transitioned existing data into an Oracle database – moving away from traditional data storage. Last year, we moved forward with plans to serve a public-facing GIS application within the department, giving staff the ability to manage the data and the actual site both effectively and cost-efficiently with no additional costs to the department.”

Links to the new interactive portal can be found on Tennessee State Parks’ website at or via the Tennessee Natural Areas’ website at

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