36 - February 2018 Woodall’s Campground Management felt a majority of the movement towards recycled-based products was mainly because they are a regular part of the out- door recreation industry now. PilotRocksuppliespicnictables,benches, trash receptacles and other products to the campground industry. “They help customers save money and theylastlonger,”hesaid.“Thebenefitstothe environment are there, but it is hard to tell if that is the sole reason they are buying these types of products.” When it comes to implementing green programs at your campground it is important to listen to your customers and understand what will work for your campground. “An owner needs to look at what is sitting in front of them,” said Juli Sharratts. “Look at your septic system and wells, if you have plenty of open area maybe it is time to think about solar power. There are often grants available to defray costs and certified installers can help you understand if wind, solar power or hydroelectricity make sense in your location.” Juli said that instead of providing a recy- cling or trash bin at each campsite, they placed everything in one central location, so that guests are more apt to separate items. Shevat said alternative energy sources can depend on your location, and that study- ing the cost and benefits of each option is important before spending any money. “Owners need to look at the rate of return on their investment, some invest a lot to get a lot,” she said. Shevat noted that the benefits of a green oralternativeenergyprogramgobeyondjust the financial benefits of conserving energy and keeping a space clear of trash. It can be used as a marketing tool and an educational opportunity for guests. “You can really change the perception of what green means to a customer and allow your employees to get creative on how they are going to implement certain green programs,” she said. At Ocean Lakes, Bryant said that finding the right partners has really helped them move their green program to the next level. “We tried to hire out our recycling pro- gramatfirst,butthatdidn’tworkforus,sowe decidedtodoitourselvesandouremployees really stepped up and enabled us to do it,” said Bryant. “It is important not to give up on something if it is not working, if you commu- nicate you can find a solution that will work.” —Ben Quiggle WCM Green Initiatives —from page 29 Ocean Lakes Green Meter. A Pilot Rock park bench made from recyclable materials. Polly Products picnic table. Delivering Breaking News Directly to You! 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Please note:All subscriptions to woodallscm.com’s daily email news updates are authenticated by our subscription service. Once you enter your email ad- dress and submit the form, you will receive a verifi- cation message which requires that you respond to it before your subscription is activated. Jellystone Parks in Mich.,Wisc. Honored Keinath said her family has been mak- ingsignificantcampgroundimprovements during the past two years. A new swim- ming pool and upgrades to the park’s mini golf course were completed by late 2016, but 2017 was the first year the new ameni- tieswereavailablethroughoutthecamping season. In Door County, Wisc., the oldest JellystoneParkinthe80-unitfranchisewon specialrecognitionfromLSIforhavingthe mostimprovedinspectionintheJellystone Park network. Park owners Jim and Jill Kavicky have made many improvements, including repainting the park’s buildings, roofs and picnic tables, and remodeling their restroom facilities. JellystoneParkfoundersDougHaagand Robert Borkovetz opened the camp- ground on July 4, 1969 and continued to operate it until they sold it to the Kavickys in January of 2002. WCM The Frankenmuth, Mich., Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort has won a national award for achieving the highest assessmentratingsinthe80-unitJellystone Park franchise network. The Frankenmuth campground was one of five Jellystone Parks that won The Carroll Award from Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), the Milford, Ohio-based company that franchises Jellystone Parks across the U.S. and Canada. Four other Jellystone Parks — in Bremen, Ga.; Mill Run, Pa.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Tabor City, N.C. — also received the award after tying each other’s scores for the highest franchise as- sessment ratings. “It is a real honor for us to receive this recognition,”saidCindyKeinath,asecond generation co-owner of the Frankenmuth park who works at the 250-site park with herhusband,Allen;herbrother,Craig,and her parents, Erv and MarilynBanes.