Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The Huffington Post:
A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline.
The beavers' dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it's uncertain exactly how much, officials said. Three of the beavers were rescued earlier this week, and three more that were rescued Tuesday night are being cared for under a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah program.
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From the park blog:
Dean and Karen Bradley, managers of the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Warrens, Wis., announced a special offer for spring campers.
"If you stay in a cabin or campsite anytime between April 15 and May 12, you will enjoy a 50% discount, plus if you help Yogi clean up the park, you get a free BBQ Dinner on Saturday, May 11," they announced.
On May 12 the resort has a special for moms:, a free pancake breakfast for Mother's Day.
From KTSM-TV, El Paso:
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday (March 28) meeting approved the acquisition of approximately 658 acres to expand a state park in El Paso that already ranks as the largest urban park in the continental United States.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will purchase a parcel of land that straddles Loop 375, also known as Trans Mountain Road, to further extend the Franklin Mountains State Park’s western reach into the surrounding high desert country. The acquisition will bring the state park’s total acreage to more than 26,000 acres.
According to a release by TPWD, the El Paso Public Service Board offered the property to TPWD at a bargain sale price. They add, the tract of undeveloped land will provide a buffer from pending new city growth and increase public recreational opportunities through the possible future expansion of the park’s trail system.
According to TPWD, after much land use discussion about the environmental impact due to encroaching development on the western flanks of the Franklin Mountains, the El Paso City Council this past summer agreed to the sale. The TPW Commission’s vote was the final action required to consummate the land deal.
From a news release:
Southfield, Mich.-based Sun Communities Inc. announced on Thursday (March 28) revised guidance for first quarter 2013 and full year 2013.
Following the issuance of over 6 million shares of common stock through a public offering and the Company's "at-the-market" sales program, the company expects Funds from Operations (FFO) per share for full year 2013 to be in the range of $3.19 – $3.29 per share.
The change in FFO per share is primarily due to an increase in weighted average shares outstanding, a reduction in interest expense and the write-off of certain deferred financing costs related to the payoff of certain debt instruments and the anticipated replacement of the company's $150.0 million secured revolving credit facility.
Guidance assumes no additional equity raises during the year and no prospective property acquisitions and all acquisition related expenses are added back in the computation of FFO. Further, the company expects FFO per Share for the first quarter 2013 to approximate $0.89 – $0.91.
Sun Communities Inc. is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, that currently owns and operates a portfolio of 183 communities comprising approximately 67,380 developed sites.
From The Auburn Citizen:
Prospective fairgoers looking to spend a lot of time at the 2013 edition of the Great New York State Fair can now apply to stay overnight at the fairground in their RVs or campers.
If accepted, the application, available at the NYS Fair's website, allows attendees, concessionaires and exhibitors to stay in the Belle Isle and infield parking lots during the 12-day-long fair.
The state will accept applications from now until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug, 4. Camping for the infield lot costs $450, while camping in the Belle Isle lot costs $490.
Space is limited.
From a news release:
To celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 8 and Get Outdoors Georgia Month in June, the lovable Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Gopher mascot is getting out, getting dirty and getting fit at sites across Georgia all month long.
Park goers can join in the fun by spotting the Gopher mascot image on trails, campgrounds and playgrounds, then snapping a photo of him. Photo quest participants will have a chance to win prizes and even choose the Gopher’s name as part of the “Great Gopher Chase” photo quest.
To participate, families simply visit one of the Georgia State Parks or Historic Sites listed on the official Gopher’s Travel Guide, snap a picture with the Gopher, then email photos to Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org during June. Twenty-seven sites are participating in the quest, which is detailed on www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/gopher-chase.