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Report: Future of Alabama Parks is Uncertain

State park closures and cutbacks to other outdoor activities are among the potential effects of proposed budget cuts to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, officials said Thursday (Aug. 27) before asking citizens to call state lawmakers to ask that they preserve the department’s funding. The Associated Press reported that department leaders and others gathered at Oak Mountain State Park and said they’ve absorbed millions of dollars’ worth of funding transfers to... Read more

Many Manitoba Parks Have Extended Season

Several Canadian campgrounds in the Manitoba Province will be staying open until Thanksgiving, thanks to a provincial pilot project extending the operating season. According to the Winnipeg Sun, the province hasn't announced which campgrounds will be included, but a list will be available at gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks. In addition, entry to provincial parks will be free throughout Labor Day weekend. Nightly camping fees will still apply. "The public has told us they want more time to... Read more

Well Dries Up at Popular State Park in Illinois

In another blow for public use of Kankakee River State Park in Illinois, the well in the Chippewa Campground has dried up, and the campground will be closed Sept. 21, about a month early, park superintendent Kathy Pangle confirmed on Thursday (Aug. 27). "We have people who have reservations so we tried to honor as many as we can," she said. As reported by the Kankakee Daily Journal, the 98-site campground "has been full since Bears Camp," she said. The football camp at Olivet... Read more

Woodstock Revival Set at Calif. Campground

It might not be Woodstock, but a new music festival coming to a Jonesville, Calif., campground in September is trying to emulate the tamer — and more musical — aspects of the 1969 festival. The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported that Jake Bearinger, 23, and his grandmother, Donna Bayliss, have been patching together "Wildwoodstock" — a takeoff on the (in)famous three-day reverie now considered the harbinger of a cultural revolution — next month, booking local artists and organizing... Read more

RVIA to Honor Coon's 10 Years as President

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will honor Richard Coon for his 10 years of service as the association’s president during a special celebration on Sept. 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Ga., during the board the director’s meeting. According to a report in RVIA Today Express, the gala event will draw friends and colleagues from across the industry to salute Coon, who will retire from RVIA on Oct. 1. The evening, co-hosted by RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager of Jayco Inc.,... Read more

Minn. Campers Urged to help Stop Wildfires

With conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assisting with California wildfires, attention was recently paid to preventing wildfires in Minnesota. Conservation Officer Eric Benjamin of Warroad encountered a campfire at Bemis Hill Campground in Beltrami Island State Forest that was left unextinguished while the campers went for a ride on their ATV. He spoke with them when they returned. “They stated that when they left earlier in the morning it was just smoldering... Read more

Indiana Dunes State Park to Mark 90th Year

The Indiana Dunes State Park will celebrate the 90th anniversary Saturday of the day that then-Indiana Gov. Edward Jackson paid $32,000 for the 107 acres that would eventually become the state park. The Chicago Tribune reported that although the park wouldn't open to the public for several more months, that purchase on Aug. 29, 1915, marked the beginning of one of the state's first parks and would help preserve land that saw the birth of ecology as a science. "The first state parks... Read more

Bear Ransacking Mont. Parks is Euthanized

Western Montana’s mounting problem with hungry black bears veered into an unfortunate consequence for one of the animals this week. The Missoulian reported that on the same day Erik Wenum, a bear and lion specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and bear technician Kylie Jones received 32 calls regarding black bears in conflict with humans in FWP’s Region 1, one of the bears had to be euthanized. It happened at a private campground in the Flathead Valley. “They’d been letting him... Read more

Sisters on the Fly Land in S.D. Campground

About 100 women from the "Sisters on the Fly" group have taken over the Fish 'N Fry campground near Deadwood, S.D. According to KEVN TV, the group is made up of about 6,300 members and counting, and it includes women from all across the country and some international members. The mission is for members to have fun in the outdoors with their sisters. The group was founded by a pair of sisters who just wanted to get some women together to go fishing, and the idea took off from there. Diane... Read more

'Glorified Campground' Secures $6.5M Loan

Gauntlet Private Investments, a real estate-focused private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles, announced Thursday (Aug. 27) that it has secured a $6.5 million loan for a "glorified campground" in Panama City, Fla. The property, which includes land and a hotel and campground, is commonly used for Christian retreats. According to a company release, the client required a bridge loan to take out an existing note holder with a fast-approaching maturity date. The loan proved difficult... Read more

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