Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From NBC News, Columbus:
The dog park at Alum Creek State Park has been reopened for public use after being closed due to a report of the canine parvo virus.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), park personnel were alerted by a caller that a 7-week-old puppy brought to the park was diagnosed with the virus.
The virus can be life-threatening for puppies that have not received all of their shots.
ODNR says that adult dogs that have been properly vaccinated are at very low risk.
“We do not want to put any animal or person that comes to any of our Ohio State parks at danger, so the minute we found out about this, we took the necessary steps to make sure,” said Mark Bruce, of ODNR.
A veterinarian from the Ohio Department of Agriculture inspected the grounds and observed no indications that the park was contaminated with the virus.
The park area was thoroughly cleaned by park personnel, and as an extra precaution, was disinfected.
Anyone who visited the dog park in the last week is urged to contact their veterinarian with any concerns.
Symptoms to watch for include vomiting and diarrhea, experts said. Humans cannot contract the virus.
From the Asbury Park Press:
The federal Department of Interior has appropriated approximately $475 million to help repair damage from superstorm Sandy at national parks, refuges and historic places across the state.
The funding includes about $20 million for restoration projects at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Ocean County. The repairs will include reconstruction of roads, trail repairs and electrical improvements, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., announced May 10 in a news release.
“This specific funding through the Department of Interior will not only enable the restoration of public areas, facilities and roads, but it will also help re-energize local economies and reopen areas damaged by Sandy to visitors and recreational activities,” Smith said in the release. “This funding is another step toward a full recovery for our state. New Jersey is resilient and with a little help, we are rebuilding stronger.”
In addition to the parks, historic preserves and refuges, Smith said funding is also targeted specifically for the relocation and rebuilding of the department’s Ohmsett facility located on the installation’s land leading to Sandy Hook Bay and operated by Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
From Your News Now, Albany:
Smokers will now have to put out their cigarettes in some locations if they want to enjoy the great outdoors in a New York state park.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state is expanding the number of smoke free areas at state parks, pools, historic sites and beaches.
The governor said residents should be able to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about pollution or secondhand smoke.
Since the new restrictions will vary from park to park, the state has posted a list of the new rules on its parks website.
From the Pueblo Chieftain:
School board members in Alamosa sold the former Polston Elementary School property Thursday (May 9) to an Alamosa man who hopes to develop the 38-acre site into an RV park and campgrounds.
In approving the $500,000 sale to David Russell, board members passed over a competing proposal to build a park and community produce garden that would have brought the district an extra $255,000 in sale price.
Board President Bill Van Gieson said after the meeting that the RV park proposal held the potential to return revenue to the district by increasing the tax base.
“In 10 years we’ll gain that back in just the property taxes,” he said.
From KFSN-TV, Fresno:
New emissions standards have now made many boats illegal to operate at state parks, and some boaters say it’s a bad move.
Starting Sunday, state park officials now have the power to cite boaters who violate the new emissions standards. The emissions standards mostly apply to 2-stroke outboard engines. Those engines burn a mixture of gasoline and oil, and if they are older than a 2001 model — they do not qualify.
A two-star sticker on the side of Xavier Torres’ boat engine means it is a low emissions engine — making it compliant with the bureau of reclamation’s new emissions standards. But Torres is still unhappy about the new rule. “I know a lot of people are trying to sell their jet skies, get rid off all that stuff. It’s really sad and unfortunate.”
Park rangers say the change is meant to have a positive impact on air quality across the state. “I think you’re going to see more lakes and parks going to these emissions standards. We’re trying to get clean air here in the Valley, we all know what that means for people with asthma and health problems,” said Sgt. Mark Deleon, California state parks.
“We do have enforcement options such as citations. However, we’re still trying to transition. This was enacted in the general plan back in 2010. We’re still trying to facilitate this process and let the public ease into this,” said Deleon.
Four-Stroke engines are not impacted by the new standards, and so far state park officials say no citations have been given out.
From The Associated Press:
South Carolina’s tourism industry has bounced back after the Great Recession with tourism spending reaching a record $16.5 billion, according to figures released last week by the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
“We’re pretty well back now,” said Duane Parrish, director of the state agency. The numbers released to the Associated Press show that, during 2011, tourism spending was up almost 10% and has surpassed the previous record $15 billion of 2008.
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