Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The Maine Sunday Telegram:
A Maine attorney attacked by a polar bear last month has returned to his home in Turner, Maine, from Canada and is scheduled to undergo surgery on his jaw.
Matthew Dyer returned home last week after spending three weeks in a Montreal hospital. Dyer’s wife tells the newspaper he flew home Tuesday night and is scheduled for surgery today (Aug. 19).
Dyer was dragged from his tent in Torngat Mountains National Park at the northern tip of Labrador on July 24. He sustained a broken jaw and neck injuries.
The bear broke through an electrified fence that had been set up around the group’s campsite. Dyer’s fellow campers drove the bear away by firing flares.
A Parks Canada spokesman says the group had been advised to hire an armed guard but declined.
From the Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Contributions raised through an annual telethon benefiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park topped $200,000, according to an unofficial total.
The 19th Annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon, hosted by the nonprofit Friends of the Smokies, raised $201,423 to support a wide variety of rehabilitation projects, environmental education programs and conservation efforts at the park.
That total represents pledges made during the one-hour broadcast Thursday on WBIR, Channel 10, in Knoxville and WLOS, Channel 13, in Asheville, N.C., as well as a direct mail campaign and gifts from sponsors, including Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Flying J and SmartBank.
This year’s fundraising effort also bested last year’s total of more than $192,000.
The nonprofit has committed more than $1.1 million in support to the national park this year. Current projects include the continued rehabilitation of the Chimney Tops Trail, ongoing suppression of the hemlock woolly adelgid and funding for the Parks as Classrooms program, which benefits more than 18,000 students in Tennessee and North Carolina.
From The Southern, Carbondale:
Gov. Pat Quinn recently announced a capital investment of $371,000 for a construction project at Giant City State Park in Jackson County.
“This construction project will upgrade the campground’s sewage treatment system to help it comply with environmental and accessibility requirements,” Quinn said in a news release. “Additionally, it will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy as well.”
This project is part of the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years.
From Sunset Magazine:
Sunset Magazine has named what it considers to be the 42 best campgrounds in California.
- Big Basin Redwoods State Park, north of Boulder Creek.
- Camp Edison, Shaver Lake, northeast of Fresno.
- Cold Springs Campground, Sequoia National Park, east of Three Rivers.
- D.L. Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe.
- Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, northeast of Crescent City.
A spokeswoman for the magazine said the rankings are obviously subjective. She said the special camping issue is always one of the biggest sellers of the year.
From a news release:
After closures from severe storms, campgrounds 1, 2 and 3 at Roaring River State Park in southern Missouri have reopened.