Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff:
The North Kaibab Ranger District is joining the rest of the Kaibab and Coconino national forests in beginning fire restrictions.
Beginning Wednesday (June 12) at 8 a.m., the North Kaibab will also go under stage 1 restrictions. The Coconino and the remainder of the Kaibab are already under stage 1 restrictions.
Campfires outside developed campgrounds have been banned, and the Forest Service is recommending no campfires at all during Red Flag Days. Smoking is banned along the city of Flagstaff FUTS trails, and charcoal grills have been removed from city parks.
Restrictions move through four stages, according to information from the Forest Service. The next phase, Stage 2, would include prohibiting campfires and other fires in developed campgrounds, as well as prohibiting motorized vehicle and chainsaw use. Stage 3 restrictions include closing sections of the forest to the public. Stage 4 restrictions are wider closures, including the closure of the entire forest.
Current fire danger on the Coconino and Kaibab is listed as "very high."
From WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids:
Shastas, Airstreams, Scotties, and Mallards. All kinds of old RVs will fill P.J. Hoffmaster State Park this weekend.
It's the second annual Vintage RV Campout. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is an open house.
To attend you must have a Michigan State Park Recreational Passport or purchase a day pass to the park.
The owners of 80 RVs are participating this year. Some owners even allow gawkers to take a look inside their old RVs.
Click here to watch a brief video about the vintage RV rally.
From the Mankato Free Press:
Families will learn all the skills they need to camp outdoors at a one-night “I Can Camp!” program Saturday (June 15) at Flandrau State Park in New Ulm.
Experienced instructors from Conservation Corps Minnesota will teach participants basic camping and outdoor skills, including how to set up a tent, start a campfire and prepare simple and delicious meals. All camping equipment is provided (including tents, air mattresses and cook stoves). Participants just bring their own food and bedding (sleeping bags or blankets and pillows).
The “I Can Camp!” program fee is $40 for a tent that accommodates up to six people. A one-day vehicle pass will be included as part of the program fee or participants may buy a year-round Minnesota state parks permit for an additional $20.
This program is part of an ongoing effort by the DNR Parks and Trails Division to connect people with the outdoors. The division also offers skill-building programs that introduce fishing, paddling, climbing and archery to beginners.
From the Anchorage Daily News:
An Alaskan walking with his family in one of the most developed areas of Denali National Park used a sidearm to shoot a charging female moose in the head last week, park officials said.
The moose had to be dispatched by park rangers, said spokeswoman Kris Fister. No calves were seen in the area, but the moose was lactating, Fister said. Rangers have been looking for a pair of orphaned calves even though they don't know whether they would try to rescue them if they're found.
The cow moose was the second large animal known to have been killed in Denali since Congress allowed visitors to bring guns into the national parks in 2010 under the same restrictions that states impose outside park boundaries, which in the case of Alaska is not much. A backcountry hiker shot and killed a grizzly in Denali in June 2010.
From www.soup.com, Tallahasee:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks is one of the finalists for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.
The other finalists are Missouri State Parks, North Carolina State Parks & Recreation and Virginia Conservation and Recreation Division of State Parks.
Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.
The winner will be announced during National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Houston, Oct. 8-10.