Industry Boom Prompts Upgraded Parks

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During a hearing on how to improve visitors’ experiences in national parks, Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.) recalled staying in national parks in his family’s RV as a boy not only because it was more convenient, but it had full hookups while private campgrounds did not.

Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, Ross stated, citing that overnight stays at national park campgrounds have declined from 4.5 million overnight stays in the 1980s to less than 2 million overnight stays in 2013.

“These opportunities are being missed not only by the national parks, but by the citizens of the United States because they don’t have the chance to enjoy those phenomenal natural resources,” said Ross. When discussing the use of RVs, Ross said, “Facilities in national parks just can’t accommodate them. We have to put in the infrastructure to allow them.”

Ross, who co-chairs the House RV Caucus and owns three RVs himself, encouraged federal land agencies to work with the RV industry and the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable to address these concerns.

View the entire video of the hearing here. Ross’ statement begins at the 52-minute mark.


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