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Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds

May 7, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds 

Campgrounds and cabins (in top left quadrant of map) are show in a preliminary design for the Biscuit Run State Park in Virginia that’s been in the drawing stages for several years.

VIRGINIA

From Charlottesville Tomorrow:

Almost two years after the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation completed public planning efforts for Biscuit Run State Park in Albemarle, there is no approved master plan or funding to open the park.

Department of Conservation spokesman Gary Waugh said a deadline for one of the state agency’s major documents is the cause of the delay.

“This is the year we’re issuing the Virginia Outdoors Plan,” he said. “It’s a huge undertaking that takes our entire staff, so the (Biscuit Run) master plan was set aside while they worked on that.”

Waugh said that the Department of Conservation is hoping to ship the outdoors plan to its advisory board later this year.

The 1,200-acre park site is located south of Charlottesville between Route 20 and Old Lynchburg Road.

ARKANSAS

From The City Wire, Fort Smith:

Several conservation and citizen action groups announced Monday they will file a lawsuit in an effort to halt construction of a hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed.

The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), The Ozark Society and Earthjustice claim that loan approval made to C&H Hog Farms to operate a 6,500-pig operation were not “properly examined” and may violate the Endangered Species Act.

The hog farm is producing pigs for Cargill.

According to a press release from the four groups, the estimated 2 million gallons of waste produced by the hog farm will be spread on 630 acres, with some of the land adjacent to Big Creek, a large tributary of the Buffalo National River.

Designated in 1972 by President Richard Nixon as America’s first national river, the Buffalo National River travels freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states.

CALIFORNIA

From the Lake County News:

A bill to provide $2 billion in new revenues for public education and state parks passed through its first policy committee Monday with unanimous Democratic member support.

The bill, SB 241, would impose a 9.5% industry severance tax on large oil companies for the extraction of oil from California’s jurisdiction.

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed the bill out with a 5-2 vote and it was supported by student, education, tax and environmental groups, as well as economists. The bill next goes to Appropriations.

“It’s time for California to profit from its limited natural resources and reinvest in our core services,” said the bill’s author Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa. “We’ve cut to the bone to balance the budget for the last several years; meanwhile oil companies reap billions of dollars in profits every year. Big Oil’s free ride needs to end and the industry must pay its fair share for the resources that belong to every Californian.”

California is the fourth largest oil producing state in the nation and the only top ten producer that does not impose an oil severance tax. In Alaska, the tax ranges from 25% to 50%, in Texas it’s 4.75% and in Kansas, 8%.

OKLAHOMA

From the Tulsa World:

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is probing an officer-involved shooting at a state park in Atoka County on Saturday.

“An Oklahoma Department of Parks and Recreation park ranger shot and killed a man when the man attempted to run over the ranger,” the OSBI said in a news release.

Campers told the ranger that David Adam Patrick Maher, 30, had been acting strangely and causing a disturbance at McGree State Park.

When the ranger approached Maher, he ran to his vehicle and attempted to hit the ranger, the agency said.

Maher’s last known residence was in New York.

 

The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

November 19, 2012 by · Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs 

ARKANSAS

From the Harrison Daily News:

The National Park Service has scaled back some of the winter closures that were announced two weeks ago at the Buffalo National River.

The park service said Nov. 16 that offers for help by volunteers helped sway the decision on closures.

The park had announced a plan to close developed campgrounds and restrict other access for the season.

The newspaper reported that some campgrounds will remain closed but others will be open.

Officials say that visitors will have to pack out their trash as many garbage bins will be locked because a lack of resources for emptying them. Restrooms will be cleaned less frequently.

Facilities to be closed include Kyles Landing, Erbie Campground, all sites at Tyler Bend and Shine Eye.

KENTUCKY

From the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press:

John James Audubon State Park and some of its best friends were honored Nov. 14 in Frankfort, Ky., at the annual Kentucky Recreation & Parks Society’s Awards Lunch.

The park received the award for “Outstanding State Park of the Year for 2012,” and the Audubon Wetlands Group — the group that acquired the 649 acres of wetlands that will ultimately double the size of the state park — won a “Special Citation” for their purchase and development of the wetlands in support of Audubon State Park.

Audubon State Park General Manager Mark Kellen, Business Manager Beth Tompkins, and Robbie Williams and Scott Keach representing the Audubon Wetlands Group, attended the luncheon to accept the awards.

“We’re very excited the Audubon Wetlands Group was recognized by KRPS for all their hard work and contribution to our community,” Kellen said. “We’re also excited to win Outstanding State Park again for the third time in four years. This wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the Friends of Audubon, our volunteers and our wonderful staff.”

TENNESSEE

From The Associated Press:

Tennessee state parks are offering special winter rates for 360 villas and cabins.

The discount, which also includes six state park inns, began Nov. 15 and lasts through March 15, 2013.

The special rate allows park visitors to stay at one of Tennessee’s six state park inns for $54.95 a night, excluding tax.

The inn discount can be used seven days a week and applies to both individuals and groups. A 50% discount also is being offered for villas and cabins with a two-night minimum stay.

 

 

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