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March 12, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Hiding a geocache in a Georgia state park.

GEORGIA

From geocaching.com:

Georgia State Parks has hidden 46 geocaches in 43 state parks, from Cloudland Canyon’s cool mountain trails to Skidaway Island’s sunny historic coast, and everywhere in between.

ILLINOIS

From a news release:

Effective March 7,  John Los has been appointed senior vice president and chief accounting officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.  and will assume the role of principal accounting officer. Los replaces Thomas Novosel, who tendered his resignation effective March 6.

Los, 47, has served in various financial reporting and accounting positions with real estate companies and with Ernst & Young LLP. Before joining the company, Los provided accounting and financial reporting consulting services to the company and was CFO of American Manufactured Communities REIT Inc. during a portion of 2012.

Los served in various positions at General Growth Properties from 2006 to 2012, including vice president of financial reporting. From 2004 to 2006, he served as corporate controller and vice president of Corporate Accounting at Prime Group Realty Trust. From 2000 to 2004, he served as manager of mergers and acquisitions and as regional controller at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. Before 2000, he worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant.

KENTUCKY

From WYMT-TV, Hazard:

Camping enthusiasts can take advantage of a discount being offered by Kentucky State Parks for most of the month of April.

The parks are offering a 20% discount on camping reservations made for April 1 through 25.

And during Camper Appreciation Weekend on April 26 and 27, two nights’ camping is offered for the price of one. Special events will also be held for campers during that weekend at some parks.

There are 31 state park campgrounds in Kentucky, all with sites with water and electric hookups. Campsites for horse camping are available at Carter Caves, Pennyrile Forest, Dale Hollow, Taylorsville Lake and Greenbo Lake. And Wi-Fi is offered for a fee at about a dozen campgrounds.

PENNSYLVANIA

From the York Daily Record:

Attendance at this year’s York RV Show was up about 14% from a year ago, reported Beverly Gruber, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA).

The 35th annual show boasted a total of 80 vendors and featured an estimated 200 recreational vehicles in a variety of styles.

According to Gruber, helping to educate the public about campgrounds, dealers and vendors is hardly a job.

She has owned an RV since 1966, and together with family, has, in addition to local trips, crossed the country to California three times.

“People should really consider them for traveling. They’re a great way for family to spend time with each other,” Gruber said.

NORTH DAKOTA

From KFYR-TV, Bismarck:

As oil activity in western North Dakota expands, some people are raising concerns about drilling in state and national parks, such as Theodore Roosevelt and the Badlands. That`s why State Senators are looking at a concurrent resolution to study how oil activity should take place in the state`s most precious areas.

Several people spoke in favor of the resolution, because the parks attract tourists and provide wildlife habitat.

“This is home. And it`s going fast. You can`t be in that park without being impacted by lights and the sound of pumpers outside its boundaries,” said Jane Swenson with the Badlands Conservation Alliance.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee will review the resolution before making a recommendation on the senate floor.

ARIZONA

From KJZZ, Phoenix

Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget proposal includes $2 million in restored funding for Arizona State Parks, but some advocates hope lawmakers don’t use the money for other programs.

Arizona’s 31 state parks have suffered cuts totaling more than $80 million in recent years and currently the state provides no money for the parks from the general fund.

But, in her new budget Gov. Brewer has proposed spending $2 million for parks maintenance and operations.

Arizona State Parks Foundation Director Cristie Statler said the parks have about $200 million dollars in deferred needs but any amount of funding for the state park system is welcome.

“Two million dollars is not nearly enough to begin to address these issues but it beats nothing. It is a goodwill gesture and we hope to see that grow,” Statler said.

With so many other state departments suffering deep cuts, Statler said she’s worried state parks won’t get all of the $2 million the governor has proposed.

 

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