(Feb. 28, 2013) — While TVA campgrounds will open in March, TVA told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that it will no longer manage Barton Springs campground on Normandy Reservoir near Manchester, Tenn., or Mallard Creek campground on Wheeler Reservoir in Hillsboro, Ala., which will probably open in early May with a commercial operator.

(Feb. 28, 2013) — The Mid-Atlantic Coastal States Conference for Campground Owners will get under way March 5 and 6 in Dover, Del. Campground owners and managers from New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware will come together for two days of educational seminars and a trade show.

(Feb. 28, 2013) — According to The Hollywood Reporter, USA Network is continuing to expand its reality slate by sending die-hard campers back to the most cherished place of their youth.

(Feb. 27, 2013) — Everything Summer Camp, an online camping supply retailer, announces new outdoor footwear has been added to the retailer’s growing inventory of camping gear.

(Feb. 26, 2013) — The AGS Cares Program donated nearly $18,000 in 2012 to five charities that work to improve the lives of children, veterans, impoverished people and animals, both here and overseas.

(Feb. 26, 2013) — Brandon Torres has a huge responsibility — ensuring the safety of more than 5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon National Park every year, reports The Partnership for Public Service in the Washington Post.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — Partners Outdoors 2013 was held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The group sought ways to add quality and quantity to recreation opportunities on federally managed lands and waters even as the agencies and organizations involved were engaged in planning contingencies for sequestration and years of federal agency budget uncertainty.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — Campground Owners of New York (CONY) presents four one-day Zone Meetings at four separate locations across New York State, ahead of the start of the 2013 camping season. Zone Meetings are designed to provide tools and resources to campground and RV park owners and operators to help them make a success of their business.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — Vendors are welcome to register for one or all of the Campground Owners of New York Zone Meeting trade shows. Those with products or service of interest to the outdoor hospitality industry can make personal connections with park operators who are getting their camp stores ready for operation or are in need of other tools or services for their businesses.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — With billions of dollars at stake, the trial to figure out how much more BP and other companies should pay for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill began Monday with the federal government saying the oil giant was mostly to blame for a disaster caused by putting profits ahead of safety. The Associated Press reported the news.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — Dayna Hardin, known to the camping world as the owner/director of Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods Camps, has recently announced that she will be speaking at two camp conferences: the 2013 Mid States Camping Conference and the Tri-State Camp Conference. The annual conferences, which are presented by the American Camp Association (ACA), are among the largest camp conferences of the year.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — Longtime park volunteer, Robin Goddard, has been honored with the National George B. Hartzog, Jr. Award for Enduring Volunteer Service for her service to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reports the Knoxville Daily Sun.

(Feb. 25, 2013) —, a social network connecting travelers with local travel providers, announces a set of new features allowing small business owners to list private campgrounds on the site alongside their social profiles.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — The Louisiana Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds Conference will be held March 11 and 12 at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — The Bipartisan Policy Center, the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association will host a Bridge Builder Breakfast on March 19. “Building a More Sustainable Future for America’s National Parks” will be the focus of the event.

(Feb. 25, 2013) — We don’t know all of their secrets, but we do know what they like and dislike. Because there is so much information on the Internet these days, they have to have a scoring system. The more you play within the rules of the Googles/Yahoos/Bings, the better your score.  Therefore, they will like you and display your website prominently in their search results.

(Feb. 22, 2013) — As NPHA Counselor Derrick Crandall pointed out, “There is real danger that $115 million in cuts caused by sequestration could directly trigger reduced visitation and spending which will magnify these cuts – in fact, in some cases, the impact could double.”

(Feb. 21, 2013) — I was on the phone the other day, perhaps feeling a bit tired, and I was babbling to a prospective customer. “Look I said, my company is an acquirer, rather than an ISA. We can set you up with interchange rates, or even as a MOTO, and if you’ll use AVS you should save yourself lots of money!” To which the customer replied “What”? I realized I was speaking in “bankese,” the language of the credit card processors, instead of English.

(Feb. 21, 2013) — The Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan (ARVC Michigan) will host its annual spring convention and trade show, March 25-27 at the Best Western Plus Hotel & Convention Center in Lansing, ARVC Michigan announced today.

(Feb. 21, 2013) — Governor Pat Quinn has announced the acquisition of 547 acres of public land in four Illinois counties to boost public access for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation The $2.8 million in land purchases includes 410 acres in Pike County and 71 acres in Hackmatack, the nation’s newest National Wildlife Refuge.


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