Archive for 2007

>It will cost more to visit Manitoba’s provincial parks in 2008.

New regulations introduced just before Christmas will increase the fees for access permits as well as campground spots effective Jan. 1.

CAMPSITE FEES

A season pass to provincial parks increases to $26.67 from $24.75 this year, while a three-day pass increases to $6.67 from $5.95.

Campsite fees will also increase next year. The fees are based on a formula that depends on the types of services offered at the campground, but the base rate for a basic site before services will increase to $8.40 from $6.90 next year.

RV CAMPGROUND BASICS. There are an excess of 14,000 campgrounds available to go camping and Author Mark Polk explains the differences of public, private, membership parks, National parks etc. He also addresses How to find a park; All about campground directories and where to buy them; What to expect in each category, Campground etiquette; Reservation policies and much more. For more info go to Mark’s Website

>When Forest Service recreation officer Jonathan Cook-Fisher looks out over the campground tucked deep into the San Bernardino Mountains, his gaze sweeps over the ponderosa pines and chirping squirrels and lands on a lopsided picnic table.

The table’s chipped paint and splintered bench — probably hacked off for kindling — jump out at him like flames in a forest.

The dilapidated table is one of many signs of neglect at Tent Peg Group Campground, Cook-Fisher said. Broken wooden parking lot barriers, inaccessible fire rings and sediment runoff threatening endangered species downstream also plague the camp five miles down a rutted dirt road from Green Valley Lake.

Tent Peg’s lagging maintenance, difficult access and a lack of visitors will likely spell the end of this ’60s-era campground, one of four San Bernardino National Forest campgrounds and picnic sites targeted for closure over the next five years.

Under the gun to save money, ranger districts across the country have performed sweeping recreation assessments to reshape facilities to fit shifting interests among visitors and get rid of what doesn’t work anymore.
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>FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries has achieved yet another milestone – the production of its 400,000th motor home.

The Forest City-based manufacturer will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008. Winnebago opened in 1958 as Modernistic Industries and built travel trailers for several years before entering the motor-home market.

The company officially changed its name to Winnebago in 1961, and five years later, it built its first self-contained motor home.

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