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Fifth Wheel Mountain Camping a website for camping in national forests and grasslands, now provides a list of volunteer campground host positions available at Forest Service campgrounds across the country.

National forests and grasslands are dealing with reductions in recreation budgets and staffing. As the national economy slowly recovers, people continue to take camping vacations in the 175 national forests and grasslands across the country. These two factors have increased the need for volunteer campground host/hostess and is providing a way for the public to find each other.

Duties vary, but as a rule of thumb, a volunteer Forest Service campground host/hostess provides information and assistance to campers, monitors campgrounds for Forest Service, and performs light maintenance duties. In turn, the volunteer receives a campsite and, sometimes, minimal monetary assistance.

The need for volunteer campground hosts is year round and it not limited to one area or just the summer months. Although the greatest need is during the summer, many national forests and grasslands in the southern and southwestern states are available to campers and during the winter months.


A handful of Forest Service campgrounds near Georgetown Lake have been shut down after several strong wind storms swept through and toppled numerous trees.

The Piney and Cable campgrounds will remain closed through the season while workers take out hazardous trees.

Three RVs, a boat and two boat trailers have been struck by falling trees at Piney, said Charlene Bucha Gentry, Pintler district ranger. And just over the weekend, a tree fell and damaged a latrine in the campground.

The Forest Service has worked over the past couple years to clear dead and dying trees to make campgrounds safer. But the thinning also leaves the remaining trees more prone to falling.

“They’re tall, slender, long and they’re fairly close to each other, so they kind of rely on each other to keep them straight and stable,” Gentry said. “Once you remove some of the trees, they’re not as stable as they once were.”

In addition, the small Canyon Creek campground west of Melrose is shut down while a crew removes trees. And the public has fewer choices because of scheduled maintenance and improvements at the Grasshopper campground and the Notch, West Fork and May Creek cabins on the forest.

The closures due to falling trees are just part of the tough year the Forest Service has had to deal with this year. Rodreick said land managers have had several washed out roads and other damage from the heavy snowpack and wet, cold spring.

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For years, people holding lifetime Senior and Access passes or the previous Golden Age and Access passes were entitled to50 percent off the cost of staying at campgrounds managed by concessionaires. But in December, the federal agency proposed shrinking the fee discount to 10 percent. Concessionaires would also have to offer a 10 percent discount to those groups at “standard amenity recreation fee” day-use sites they operate.

Forest Service representatives argued in a public notice that the change is necessary to keep concessionaires from raising fees for other campground users and ensure access stays fair for all Americans. Agency staff said Tuesday it may be some time before a decision is made.

The number of senior citizens in the U.S. is expected to rise to more than 20 percent of the nation’s overall population over the next decade, driven by the baby boomer generation, and discounted campsites make up a growing portion of camping-fee revenue.

Other hospitality, travel and recreation companies have largely adopted a 10 percent discount in the face of the generational growth, the Forest Service argued. The agency estimates that senior pass holders would pay perhaps $4 to $5 more per site under the new plan. Other campers already pay an extra $1.50 to cover the discount; that would rise by as much as another dollar without any changes.
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