The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Portland Business Journal:
Oregon State University researchers said Wednesday (Feb. 13) that the state’s coastal parks have a huge impact on the region’s economy.
The OSU study puts the figure at $371 million in direct and indirect sales during 2011. The state parks are directly and indirectly responsible for nearly 6,000 full- and part-time jobs on the coast.
The parks also attract 23 million visits each year, according to OSU College of Forestry researchers.
Each group that visits an Oregon coast state park from out of state spends an average of $76 to $241 per trip.
“This work by OSU confirmed our belief that state parks are not only important in their own right, but also generate value and wealth all along the coast.”” said Tim Wood, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director, in a release.
From the Kalona News:
The opportunity to spend the summer in an Iowa state park is available for individuals who serve as campground hosts.
Campground hosts receive free camping at a designated site while they help state parks staff by assisting campers, explaining park rules, helping with registration and serving as an impromptu local tour guide. Hosts will help park staff to keep the park clean and with light maintenance.
Hosts are needed for the season at Brushy Creek, Dolliver, Geode, Nine Eagles, Lake Ahquabi, Lake Keomah and Lake Wapello.
If an entire season is too much, Backbone State Park is looking for a host for September and October.
Applications are available online at http://volunteer.iowadnr.gov then click on the campground hosts link toward the middle of the page. Or, call 515-242-5704 to have an application mailed.
“We would like to get hosts placed in parks around the middle of March so they are ready to go in April,” said Linda King, with the DNR’s office of volunteer services.
From WTXL-TV, Tallahassee:
The Florida Park Service announced Wednesday (Feb. 12) a partnership with Parks By Nature Network andPocketRanger.com to provide the free smartphone app.
An interactive guide offers visitors a list of amenities, facility maps, directions, a calendar of events and a built-in compass. Users can plan their trip using their GPS location to find parking and nearby locations for hiking, camping, boating, birding and more. You can also track and record trails, mark waypoints and find your friends.
The Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger app is available now on iTunes and Android Market by searching “Official Florida State Parks” and is identified under ParksByNature Network. It is also available on PocketRanger.com and is formatted as a Mobile Website: fl.pocketranger.com.
From a news release:
Elkhart, Ind.-based TRA Certification Inc. announced the addition of a new mobile app, according to a press release.
TRA is the leading third-party green certification company and its Certified Green RV program measures, evaluates and certifies RV manufacturers and verifies vendors for energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.
Features of the new app include:
- Finding out which RV manufacturers have green certified products.
- Access to TRA’s social media sites and blog.
- Access to informative videos on green certification.
- Ability to contact TRA and share thoughts.
Currently, the app is available on Google’s Play Store but will soon be available on iTunes.
From a news release:
Drew Industries Inc. announced Tuesday (Feb. 12) that President and CEO Fred Zinn will retire, effective May 10. Jason Lippert, who currently serves as chairman and CEO of subsidiaries Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro Inc., will take over as CEO of Drew while Scott Mereness will serve as president and COO.
According to a news release, this transition is the result of a comprehensive succession process initiated by Drew’s board in 2011.
Drew also announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from White Plains, N.Y., to Elkhart County, Ind. – the location of the corporate headquarters for Lippert and Kinro, and where more than 80% of all RVs produced in the U.S. are manufactured.
The company said that consolidating Drew’s corporate functions with its Indiana-based manufacturing operations will be “both cost-effective and result in an even greater exchange of ideas and expertise between Drew’s management team and executives across the RV and manufactured housing industries.”
From a news release:
The primitive campground at Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) near Howe will close effective March 1 and be converted to wildlife habitat to align with the property's primary mission.
Factors in the decision to close the 44-site campground include increased operating costs, declining revenue, growing maintenance needs, staffing constraints, fewer users and the availability of other campgrounds nearby.
The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, which operates Pigeon River FWA, discussed alternatives to closing the campground, including rate increases, hiring employees to work specifically on the campground or allowing a private vendor to operate it.
Each alternative included drawbacks, and the division decided its resources are better used on wildlife management.
Fish and wildlife areas are funded by fishing and hunting license revenue, as well as through excise taxes on shooting, archery and fishing equipment and motor boat fuel.
The Pigeon River campground was developed years ago when there were few, if any, private campgrounds in the area. There are now almost 40 private campgrounds operating in LaGrange and Steuben counties, plus DNR-managed Pokagon State Park 20 miles away.