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Study: U.S. National Parks Getting Hotter and Drier

America’s national parks are warming up and drying out faster than other U.S. landscapes, threatening iconic ecosystems from the Everglades in Florida to Joshua Tree in California to Denali in Alaska. According to a report by The State, that’s the conclusion of a new climate change study published today (Sept. 24), the first to examine rainfall and temperatures in all 417 national parks sites. The study also forecasts the degree that parks could become hotter and more drought-stricken by century’s... Read more

Luxurious ‘Airstream Hotel’ is coming to Yosemite

In 1921, a self-made Stanford graduate by the name of Wally Byam built the world’s first Airstream trailer. He’d started off with a tent contraption on a Model T chassis, but found it couldn’t stand the rain. So he removed the tent and added a shelter top, in the shape of a teardrop. Then he added the stove and ice chest. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Airstreams occupy an important space in history. It was the only travel trailer to withstand the Depression. NASA uses... Read more

Legislation to Fund Park Maintenance Progresses

With mid-term elections a small handful of weeks off, senators and congressmen up for election have less time than normal to work on passing legislation. And yet, groups anxious to see passage of a measure that would make a significant downpayment on erasing the National Park System’s roughly $12 billion deferred maintenance bill are optimistic it will happen by year’s end, according to National Parks Traveler. Slowly working its way through Congress is the Restore Our Parks Act, which... Read more

Count Down To RVB’s ‘2019 RV of the Year Show’

Winnebago Horizon diesel pusher was named 2018 RVB RV of the Year Plans are in place for the taping of the 2019 RVBusiness RV of the Year TV Show and, according to Rollin’ On TV Executive Producer Jose Moniz, there are plenty of changes in the works for this year’s taping at which the RV of the Year and four finalists – based on selections finalized by RVB’s staff – are revealed to the industry and, ultimately, 40 million U.S. households. While the RV of the Year how has previously been... Read more

Volunteers Help Clean up ‘Smoky Mountains Park’

Volunteers in bright yellow vests could be seen picking up trash Saturday in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. WATE TV reported that the volunteer opportunity is the first of many this fall in the park, known as “Smokies Service Days.” Roxy Martin lives in Cosby. She brought her grandkids to Metcalf Bottoms to volunteer. “I think it’s important for everybody to learn how much litter gets left when you don’t realize it, and how much it adds up, all the little tiny... Read more

Nevada Equips State Parks with ‘Wi-Fi’ Capability

Nevada state parks are targeted to be outfitted with Wi-Fi capabilities this year. Last year’s legislature allotted $16,000 to convert portions of parks around the state to Wi-Fi, according to a report by KOLO TV. “What we have to do is get power to the site and provide a pole. And then the company we are working with, ViaSat, they are providing all of the equipment to get the Wi-Fi up and running,” says Bob Mergell, deputy administrator for Nevada State Parks. The service will be designated... Read more

Jet Skier Saves Residents From Flooded RV Park

Life for residents at the Medina River RV Park in Texas may be difficult as they work to rebuild after water from the Medina River rushed through their properties, leaving devastation in its wake. “I fell asleep around 5:30 in the morning Saturday, and when I woke up around 6:45 a.m., I saw that we were totally flooded in,” said Steve Duran, one of the residents. “I had to call the fire department.” KSAT TV reported that Duran said by the time they realized the water had gotten so high,... Read more

Zinke’s Utah Park Visit Will Focus on Maintenance

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be at Zion National Park to draw attention to a maintenance backlog at national parks. The Associated Press reported that the Southern Utah park known for striking red-rock vistas estimates its backlog at $65 million. Also on hand Monday to call for congressional action on the problem will be Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, who chairs the powerful House National Resources Committee, and his fellow GOP Congressmen Chris Stewart and John Curtis. The National... Read more

National Park in Hawaii Impacted by Lava Reopens

A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said there were no lines or waiting for visitors to catch a glimpse of the volcano that made headlines across the world when it began erupting in May. Admission is free Saturday. The eruption destroyed hundreds of homes outside the... Read more

B.C. Parks to Stop First-Come, First-Served Policy

If you’re planning to take the family camping in Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia next year, you’ll need to head online and book a reservation. Global News reported that BC Parks is making a change to the way it allocates campsites, moving the campground to 100% reservation required in 2019 and eliminating all first-come first-year sites. That’s a change for the worse, according to camper Tamara Oye, who says some people simply don’t have the stability in their lives to book... Read more

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