Americans Value National Park Service At $92B

Today (June 30), the National Park Foundation (NPF) announced the first-ever study providing a comprehensive economic valuation of America’s national parks and the programming provided by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). The study, conducted by Professor John Loomis and Research Associate Michelle Haefele of Colorado State University, and Professor Linda Bilmes of the Harvard Kennedy School, determined the total economic value (TEV) of national parks and the National Park Service’s... Read more

Neb. Town Votes To Sell Potential Campground

The Fort Calhoun (Neb.) City Council voted on June 20 to begin the process of selling a widely discussed city property that consists of 78 acres, the Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise reported. The council awaited the property’s appraisal before deciding whether to keep or sell the land. The appraisal, as of June 6, came in at $530,000, or nearly $7,000 per acre. Following lengthy discussion between council members and members of the public, the council voted to begin the process... Read more

Emergency Team Wants To Expand In RV Parks

The Harlingen (Texas) Fire Department is always looking for volunteers to participate in its community emergency response team (CERT), the Valley Morning Star reported. The team is made up of dedicated volunteers who, in the event of a disaster, will respond and assist their community. “We teach people to take care of first their family, house and then neighborhood,” said Harlingen CERT Team Leader Bill Snyder. “We learn just enough to help in a minor way in the event of a disaster.” Snyder... Read more

Renovated Ga. Campground Will Reopen Friday

Hard Labor Creek State Park in Georgia’s Morgan County opens its newly renovated campground on Friday (July 1) following recent upgrades to the park, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. Among the additions are two new comfort stations, new water and electrical outlets and full-hookup sewer service at 12 camping sites, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced recently. The roadway in the 51-site campground has been repaved and new landscaping was done on numerous camp sites. Besides... Read more

Calif. Officials Euthanize Bear That Injured Man

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it killed a bear it believes injured a camper in the Angeles National Forest near Altadena last week, television station KCBS reported. The man was inside his tent Friday (June 24) looking at his iPad when the small bear swiped at the tent at Millard Campground. In the process, she scratched the camper’s head, which required a lot of stitches. Wildlife wardens said after they captured the bear, they used DNA evidence to identify... Read more

USFS Officer Killed By Grizzly Bear In Montana

A West Glacier, Mont., mountain bicyclist was killed Wednesday afternoon (June 29) by a grizzly bear near West Glacier, the Daily Inter Lake reported. Brad Treat, 38, a career law-enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, died when the grizzly attacked him on a trail, according to Sheriff Chuck Curry. A small army of armed officers searched for the bear Wednesday evening. The grizzly had not been located as of 9 p.m. Treat had been bicycling with a friend on the popular trail system in the... Read more

European Tourists Grab British Columbia Sites

Travel companies have been snapping up primo campsites in British Columbia parks and reselling them to European tourists while unhappy campers in the province face a “sold-out” summer at their favorite parks, the Province reported. Business has been booming at Canadian Camping Adventures, a Salmon Arm company that specializes in reserving campsites and reselling them in tour packages to campers from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.S. “It’s been crazy,” said company official... Read more

Escape Homes Is Offering Test Stay Vacations

ESCAPE Homes — the designer of travel-ready tiny homes that The Today Show calls “stunning” — announced that it has kicked off the official start of summer by offering what it calls “Test Stay Vacations,” providing folks with the opportunity to try out tiny home living by booking overnight and extended visits to several of its unique tiny, portable properties around the country. Each tiny home that is available to rent is also available to purchase as ESCAPE Homes can handcraft... Read more

Surf & Stream Plans Big July Fourth Weekend

Along with all the parades, fireworks, and outdoor festivals happening in the Jersey Shore area, Surf & Stream Campground in Toms River, N.J., announced that it is adding to the fun with a packed schedule of activities at the RV park. Beginning on Friday (July 1) at 8 p.m., adults are encouraged to relax at Adult Swim Night while the children perch in front of the big screen during Drive-In Movie Night. Young campers can express their creative side by making Independence Day-themed crafts on... Read more

Designer Creates Camper Pulled By A Bicycle

From the outside, his tiny RV looks like it could barely function as a dog house, but inside designer Paul Elkins has created a fully-functional home, the Daily Star of London reported. Built entirely from scrap materials, the micro-shelter includes a bed, clothes storage and a kitchenwith spice rack, butane stove, counter, three storage bins and a sink. The single bed can be customised into a lounge chair by lifting the left floor hatch down and the right one up. And a neatly-tucked-away cool... Read more

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