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Jellystone Parks Year-To-Date Revenues Up 15.5 %

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, the nation’s second largest franchise campground network, said its second quarter revenue was up 11.9% in a press release, while year-to-date revenue jumped 15.5%, compared to 2017 figures. “These increases are important because they show significant growth over our 2017 figures, which set previous company records,” said Kelly Jones, vice president of operations for Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks across North America.... Read more

Complaints Moving Calif. System Updates Forward

After a major outcry over changes in how California state park campsites are reserved, the California State Parks Department is changing course, according to Travel & Leisure. Last August, the state launched a new website called reservecalifornia.com, where campers would go to book campsites. Previously, the California State Parks Department had used a website called reserveamerica.com — the same website used by most other states in the country — to handle its reservations. Under the old... Read more

First Coshocton KOA Sunflower Festival A Success

In addition to the acres of sunflowers, the festival included vendors, food, and entertainment. Participants took wagon rides to the fields where they had their choice of a cut sunflower. Additional cut sunflowers were also available for purchase. While the weekend weather may have been cloudy and rainy at times, there was plenty of sun at the Coshocton Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in Coshocton, Ohio — the kind that blossoms into bright, colorful blooms, according to the Coshocton Tribune. That’s... Read more

Tiny Homes, Park Models an Option for Fire Victims

California’s Carr Fire has destroyed at least 1,079 homes, leaving hundreds of people looking for places to live, according to KRCR. Members of the community are coming up with creative ways to help, but there are codes and restrictions standing in the way. “We are getting together with all of the other local architects and trying to come up with suggestions on how to move forward,” said Hayley Andersen, an architect at ‘ONESHOP’ in Redding. One idea making major headway... Read more

‘Kickstarter’ Campaign Started To Fund N.J. Resort

Port Toaster, a proposed mid-century inspired Airstream luxury resort for the Mid-Atlantic region, is live on global crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and raising funds to bring the project to life, according to a press release. Port Toaster is nestled in Cape May County, N.J., home to one of the largest remaining collections of mid-century beachside resorts in the U.S. Port Toaster will be a cornerstone of the region — bringing style and tiki glamping to the camp. “The goal of Toaster Adrift,... Read more

Five Years After ‘Rim Fire,’ ‘Stanislaus’ In Recovery

Driving to Yosemite National Park along State Highway 120, the devastation from the 2013 Rim Fire is impossible to miss, but look closer and it’s clear the forest is on the mend, according to the Sierra Sun Times. The Stanislaus National Forest will take decades to restore. It is an acre by acre process of physical labor using hand tools, chainsaws and buckets of sweat. “It’s brutal work, but honestly I love the work that we do out here,” said Corpsmember Patricia Saucedo. She’s one of... Read more

Canada 2Q Shipments Rise 19% for First 6 Months

The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) reported that RV wholesale shipments in Canada during the the second quarter, ending June 30, rose 8.48% to 17,845 units compared to 16,450 units a year ago. Accumulated year-to-date shipments for the first six months were 35,676 compared to 29,881 units in 2017, a 19.39% increase.  The RVDA of Canada recently reported that dealer retail activity during the second quarter totaled 24,038 units. When compared to the wholesale shipment figure... Read more

Alberta Couple Is ‘Busy’ Operating RV Sharing Firm

Chad and Cherie Ball may be looking for a vacation after a summer of matching wannabe campers with RV rentals. The Okotoks, Alberta, couple is into their second season running Wheel Estate, a business that helps owners rent out their camper vans or motorhomes in a style similar to that of Airbnb. They got the idea for the business 10 years ago when they tried to rent a neighbor’s RV and discovered Chad’s insurance would be void once money changed hands. “We were hit by the recession pretty... Read more

Kootenai Nat. Forest Officials Eyeing Fee Increases

Officials at Montana’s Kootenai National Forest are interested in receiving your comments on a proposal to increase the fees at 18 campgrounds, 13 cabin and lookout rentals, and seven group sites, according to the Kootenai Valley Times. Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service proposes to implement a new fee at two campgrounds and recreation rentals including two lookouts, one large ranger station complex and a yurt. This proposal would enable the possibility for sites such as Black Butte and... Read more

Ferguson Fire Contained, Other Wildfires Still Burn

California’s deadly Ferguson Fire, near Yosemite National Park, which raged for more than a month has been 100% contained, fire officials announced Sunday (Aug. 19). The massive blaze started on July 13, and its cause is under investigation. The blaze killed two people and injured 19 people, according to CNN. On the second day of the fire, Cal Fire’s heavy equipment operator Braden Varney was fatally injured when the bulldozer he was operating to make a fire line rolled over. About... Read more

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