Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80NPSDesignates10HistoricLandmarks as ‘Important Pieces’ of U.S. Heritage AZARVC to Exhibit at Huge Quartzsite Show,Will Help Promote Other States by one wildfire in the state,” said Jimmy Fel- ton, executive director at the Tennessee As- sociation of RV Parks and Campgrounds (TNARVC), who resides in the Walland area roughly 30 minutes from Gatlinburg. “As soon as I’m able, I’ll be heading down there to check in with everyone in person.” The fires began on Nov. 28 in the Chim- ney Tops mountain area within the national park, but hurricane-force winds topping 90 mph blew embers more than five miles into Gatlinburg, resulting in an evacuation of all 14,000 residents. The wildfires threatened more than a dozen parks and campgrounds in the area, while at least three camp- grounds — Alpine Hideaway Campground, Foothills RV Park and Cabins and Riveredge RV Park — were located within areas the county identified as receiving heavy struc- tural damage. After the smoke had cleared and access reopened, however, owners re- turned to find their parks still standing. “As far as we can gather, there haven’t been any camp- grounds that were de- stroyed,” Felton said. “So as a community we were luckier than others.” Felton reported that Anchor Down RV Resort in nearby Dandridge, Tenn. opened to all evacuees, while others contributed supplies to the relief effort, such as owners Barbara and Greg Johnson of Big Meadow Wildfires – continued on page 6 residents, burned more than 17,000 acres and destroyed more than 2,400 structures, causing upward of $500 million in damage. Two teenagers have been accused by authorities of starting the fires by throwing lit matches while hiking, and have been charged with aggravated arson in Sevier County Juvenile court. “They’re the worst wildfires in this area in over 100 years; I don’t think there’s ever been so many homes and businesses destroyed By the middle of December, residents of Sevier County, Tenn. were continuing in the slow process of recovery from unprece- dented wildfires that engulfed parts of Gatlinburg in late November, and threatened several other towns in the area. Those in the area’s campground commu- nity were joining their friends and neighbors in assessing the loss, supporting the relief effort and gathering information in the wake of the fires that had taken the lives of 14 After smoke cleared from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, fire-endangered campgrounds escaped the deadly blaze. Jimmy Felton ThemassiveQuartziteSports,VacationandRVShow will see AZARVC handing out camping directories. assistance, recognition and funding to help preserve our nation’s shared history and cre- ate close-to-home recreation opportunities. “These 10 new national his- toric landmarks reveal impor- tant pieces of our nation’s diverse heritage through art, ar- chitecture and stories of com- munity and identity,” said Jewell. “(This) designation en- sures future generations can trace, understand and learn from these properties, which join more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide.” The 10 new national historic land- marks are: • Ames Monument, Albany County, Wyo. • Athenaeum (Das Deutsche Haus), Indianapolis, Ind. •GauklerPointe (Edsel and Eleanor Ford House), Macomb County, Mich. • James Merrill House, Stonington, Conn. • Man Mound, Sauk County, Wis. • Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, Miss. • Norman Film Manufacturing Co., Jacksonville, Fla. • St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, New York, N.Y. • The Steward’s House, Foreign Mission School, Cornwall, Conn. • Zoar Historic District, Zoar, Ohio WCM ‘They are the worst wildfires in this area in over 100 years; I don’t think there’s ever been so many homes and businesses destroyed by one wildfire in the state,’ said Jimmy Felton,TNARVC executive director. After Smoke Cleared, the Campground Sector in Gatlinburg Area Emerged Relatively Unscathed Outdoor Recreation’s Impact MeasurementSignedIntoLaw PresidentBarackObamasignedtheOut- door REC Act into law Dec. 8. TheRecreationVehicleIndustryAssoci- ation (RVIA), the National Recreation Vehi- cle Dealers Association and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds all advocated for the legislation, which di- rects the U.S. Commerce and Labor depart- ments to analyze and report on the full economic impact of the outdoor recreation economy.Thisinvaluabledatawillbecritical in helping federal, state and local govern- ments make informed policy and business decisions that impact outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including RV owners. RVIA has been advocating on this issue forseveralyearsandmadeitacentraltopic indiscussionswithlegislatorsduringtheas- sociation’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day this pastJune,inwhichARVCparticipated.RVIA ChairmanBobParishcitedtheeffortsofthe 73 RV industry executives taking part in Ad- vocacyDayasacrucialstepinbuildingsup- port for the legislation. “That effort resonated with the passing of the REC Act in both houses in Congress,” Parish said. Passage of this bill through Congress would not have been possible without the supportoftheHouseandSenateRVCaucus members who co-sponsored the bill. “RVIA applauds the House and Senate forthepassageoftheRECAct,”RVIAPres- ident Frank Hugelmeyer said. “This critical legislation will provide legislators and fed- eral officials with the data needed to make informeddecisionsonoutdoorrecreationis- sues and initiatives.” WCM January 2017 - 3 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service (NPS) Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the designation of 10 new national historic landmarks, including properties that honor LGBT and civil rights history. The designation recog- nizes the properties as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. According to the announcement, the National Historic Landmarks Pro- gram recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and in- dividuals. The program is one of more than a dozen administered by the Na- tional Park Service that provide states and local communities technical JonJarvis,NPSDirector,designated10newlandmarks. The Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (AZARVC) will help promote campgrounds from a dozen states during the annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show. According to a press release, the Jan. 21-29 show, which attracts more than 1 million snowbirds and RV enthusiasts, is one of the biggest RV shows in the country. “We’re going to have a booth at the show and distribute campground directories for Arizona and a dozen other states,” said Jo Ann Mickelson, executive director of AZARVC, adding that the Quartzsite show is a great place for private campgrounds to promote themselves. In addition to distributing the 2016 Arizona RV and Camping Guide, which won the Na- tional RV State Directory of the Year Award, AZARVC will be distributing campground directories from California, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Ala- bama, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York. “It behooves park operators to join state campground associations because we can give them exposure to campers across the country that they would not otherwise get,” Mickelson said. “I’m hoping everyone in the campground industry will be excited about it.” Mickelson added that AZARVC’s efforts to promote campgrounds in other states also helps to build goodwill and strengthen collaborative marketing efforts with other state associations. “We’re all in the same business and we need to help each other. This is one way to do it,” Mickelson said. AZARVC makes its campground directory available in print and online with assistance from Crowley, Texas-based Texas Advertis- ing, which designs and produces the guide. In addition to being distributed through AZARVC-affiliated parks, the guide is distrib- uted at RV shows, visitor centers and cham- bers of commerce across the Grand Canyon State. “A lot of the chambers have requested it over and over again,” Mickelson said. WCM