Hurrah for Virginia State Parks
Record year at state parks means boost for local economies
Overnight stays at Virginia State Parks set a record in 2011.
In cabins, campgrounds and lodges, a total of 1,055,875 overnight visits were recorded last year. Overall visits to start parks totaled 7.8 million, which ranks as the second highest in the park system's 75 years.
In 2010, just over 8 million people visited 1 of the state's 35 parks.
State Parks Director Joe Elton said the number of visitors is important to local economies because many state parks are located in rural areas.
This is great news! BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists are involved at our state parks! Recently Rich Brager and Dick LeRoy built and installed new Wood Duck Boxes at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
The next BRFAL Chapter Basic Training for Aspiring Virginia Master Naturalists is coming up in March 2012 at The Franklin Center in Downtown Rocky Mount VA. You can get the Draft Schedule of Classes and View the Itinerary here, and get the Information Letter and Application here. If you have any questions about this upcoming basic training please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org