(March 14, 2013) — Beach camping returns to Grand Isle State Park in Louisiana beginning Monday, April 1. Beach camping closed due to damage caused by Hurricane Isaac in September 2012, but clean-up and erosion control efforts have been successful, allowing beach camping to reopen.

(March 14, 2013) — To motivate dogs and their human companions to get more exercise, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) has partnered with Georgia’s State Parks to encourage healthy walks in the woods. Through the new Pets RXercise program, veterinarians can give their canine patients a “prescription” to visit a Georgia State Park. The prescription is redeemed for free parking, which is normally $5. Park admission is free and there is no fee for hiking on trails.

(March 14, 2013) — “How the Kids Saved the Parks” is the story of a group of kids that worked day and night to save the California State Parks that they love. The film was shown at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival this week.

(March 14, 2013) — The Associated Press is reporting an Alabama Senate committee has sent a bill to the floor that could allow private operators to lease lodging facilities and golf courses within 12 state parks.

(March 14, 2013) — The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport in Saskatchewan announced yesterday that the staggered spring launch for camping reservations has set a record during the first week.

(March 14, 2013) — In Washington, Mo., Darren Lamb, community and economic development director, is quoted in The Missourian saying a new city plan suggests the city should “explore” developing an RV park because of the requests for one that have been heard over the years.

(March 14, 2013) — RV campers who want a spot at Fort Getty in Jamestown, R.I. this summer may be in luck. The Jamestown Press reports Recreation Director Bill Piva told the Town Council at its March 7 meeting that the trailer park has 21 vacancies.

(March 14, 2013) — In California, people who use Santa Barbara County parks will be paying more for most uses after the Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to adjust fees, reports the Santa Maria Times.

(March 13, 2013) — The State reports that Congaree National Park drew 120,166 visitors in 2011, generating about $2.93 million in spending, according to a study conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.

(March 13, 2013) — Young families visiting Bay City State Park are more likely than ever before to find an easier path to the Saginaw Bay shoreline, writes the Bay City Times.

(March 13, 2013) — Staff and volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park are offering at least three free programs or hikes every day during spring break week. Visitors can take advantage of this “marsh madness” today through March 17, reports

(March 13, 2013) — A bat at Table Rock State Park in Pickens County has been found with the state’s first known case of white-nose syndrome, a deadly infection that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America, reports the Anderson Independent Mail.

(March 13, 2013) — Superintendent John J. Donahue announced this week that Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s High Angle Rescue Team has recently been accredited by the Mountain Rescue Association.

(March 12, 2013) — Because of the five percent budget reduction that is in place, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closing three campgrounds, two picnic areas, one horse camp, and associated access roads, for the 2013 season.

(March 12, 2013) — On Monday, Mammoth Cave National Park announced that as many as 28,000 fewer people will be able to take cave tours this year as a result of federal budget cuts, reports The Courier-Journal.

(March 12, 2013) — The National Park Service has acquired 34 acres of the former Westcott Bay Sea Farms property in Friday Harbor from the Conservation Fund, and is seeking to acquire 36 additional acres when funding can be arranged, reports the Journal of the San Juan Islands.

(March 12, 2013) — Holly Lawson was working in a campground kiosk at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about 60 miles south of the epicenter of Monday’s earthquake, when the windows in her tiny kiosk began to rattle, writes the Los Angeles Times.

(March 12, 2013) — Superintendent John J. Donahue has announced that motorists can expect River Road within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to be closed on several evenings over the next few weeks to protect breeding amphibians. The closures are contingent on the weather.

(March 12, 2013) — Camping at Finn Road Park is getting pricier. On Monday, Hampton Township officials unanimously approved a 10 percent camping fee increase, reports the Bay City Times.

(March 12, 2013) — As part of its commitment to improving services for visitors, the State Park Service within the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new centralized online and telephone reservation system for campsites and cabins in New Jersey’s state parks and forests, the DEP announced Monday.


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