The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Patriot-News, Harrisburg:
The newspaper had the following editorial comments about the latest budget proposal from Gov. Tom Corbett.
At a glance: Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget includes nearly a million dollars more to operate state parks.
What it means: This really depends on how much you like geospacial imaging.
The budget would zero-out the program. But state parks programs, which fall in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are otherwise flat funded or would see a slight increase. This marks the second year of increases in park funding.
Verdict: Parks advocates have a long wishlist for improvements and say more funding is needed to make up for past cuts. But in an era of budget austerity, we’ll call it a win.
From The Mining Journal, Marquette:
The Hiawatha National Forest has announced a public comment period for a project which will make several changes at the Island Lake Campground, located about 10 miles south of Munising.
Comments are due by March 1. Proposed work on the campground could begin this spring.
Rangers said various proposals have been for the campground in the past, including a proposal in 1993 to close the south loop where 21 camping sites are located. That proposal was implemented in 1995 and reduced the number of sites at the campground from 45 to 23.
The current proposal would improve outhouse facilities, reduce the number of unused campsites, reopen lake campground sites, improve lake access for anglers and rehabilitate closed sites and trails.
In addition to the changes in the campground, some changes to the way the campground is administered would occur. The Forest Service would eventually like to remove the campground from concessionaire operation, add it to the National Reservation System and reduce the fee charged at the site from $16 per night to $8 per night.
A detailed proposal and maps can be found at:www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40377.
From Peterborough This Week:
More than 20 Peterborough city workers were in attendance as operations of Beavermead Campground were officially handed over to the Otonabee Regional Conservation Authority (ORCA).
Peterborough city councillors voted to seal the deal for the two-year pilot project at a council meeting on Feb. 4.
The union filed a grievance against the city’s decision on Feb. 1, citing a lack of transparency on the issue. The city must respond to the union’s filing within 10 days.
Click here to read an earlier story posted on Woodall’s Campground Management on this matter.
Copper thieves stole an estimated $50,000 worth of pipes from Camp Concord. The January crime is similar to the thefts that occurred last fall at Emerald Bay and D.L. Bliss state parks.