b'EDITORS NOTES By Ben QuiggleThe Outdoor Industrys Growing ImpactThe outdoor hospitality industry is finding ways to flex its muscle.Thats the message were receiving from the Outdoor RecreationRoundtable(ORR), which celebrated a very busy and productive 2019.Among the emerging organizations wins in 2019 was a federal spendingpackage passed at the end of the year that included a funding boost in2020 for a host of outdoor recreation priorities.In the process, ORR Executive Director Jessica Wahltold WoodallsCampground Management (WCM) that it appeared the outdoor hos-pitality sector is generally finding its place at the table.I think that it is all because of these groups (including the NationalAssociation of RV Parks and Campgrounds(ARVC) and theRV Indus-try Association(RVIA) coming together this year (as part of the ORR) and whats been built over thepast couple of years, she explained. Its not a coincidence that we had probably the most impactfulyear on Capitol Hill with hearings, with some of them being educational and some of them basedon legislation.But the industry isnt just finding a way to get noticed at the federal level. State associations arealso making headway.The Campground Owners of New York (CONY) battled for years to get legislation in place thatmade it easier for campground operators to remove unruly or disruptive guests. The trade group fi-nally secured that legislation at the end of 2019.The Ohio Campground Owners Association(OCOA) was able to get legislation passed that pro-vides liability protection from accidents that occur due to the risk inherent to camping. Jeff Sims, seniordirector of state relations and program advocacy for ARVC, played a key role in getting that bill passed.And in California, the CampCalNOW RV Park and Campground Alliance(CampCalNOW) sawdecades of work come to fruition this past fall when California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill thatforbids the use of holding tank products containing formaldehyde and a list of other chemicals inthem. Its something the association believes will benefit not only park owners, but the environment.And this is only a small list of the strides the outdoor hospitality industry has made over the pastyear in advancing bills that benefit campground operators. It serves as a testament to the growthand financial impact the outdoor recreation contingent is having at all levels of government.The best part? It looks as though the outdoor hospitality arena, legislatively speaking, has a goodhead of steam for the year aheadmeaning theres a good chance for making further gains thatcould well impact the RV park and campground sectors for generations to come. It also means it isimperative that everyone, at all levels of the industry, find ways to continue working together.If the ORRs success proves anything, its that teamwork pays off and numbers matter. WCMwww.woodallscm.comFebruary2020 Vol. 51No. 2G & M E D I A LLC Publisher: Sherman GoldenbergGROUP Editorial Director: Gary GerardContact Information: EditorialSherman Goldenberg, Publisher Rick Kessler, Managing Editorsgoldenberg@g-gmediagroup.com rkessler@g-gmediagroup.comOffice: (574) 457-3370 (734) 777-6830Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Jeff Crider, Senior EditorFax: (574) 457-8295 campinginfosource@gmail.comBen Quiggle, Editor (760) 469-5905bquiggle@g-gmediagroup.com Bob Ashley, Editor at LargeMobile: (574) 306-7781 Writer892@aol.comFax: (574) 266-7984 (765) 675-4106Advertising:Ally Kollat, Account Chris Lang, MarketPlace & Executive, National Ad Sales Campground Investment Salesakollat@g-gmediagroup.com clang@g-gmediagroup.comOffice: (574) 266-7980 Office: (574) 266-7980or (800) 831-1076 ext. 11 or (800) 831-1076 ext. 10Wendy Thorne, AccountExecutive, National Ad Sales Art Direction:wthorne@g-gmediagroup.com Trina Nissley, Art DirectorOffice (574) 266-7980 tnissley@g-gmediagroup.comor (800) 831-1076 ext. 14All general correspondence, circulation and display and classifiedsales inquiries may be directed to the following:Woodalls Campground Management, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgroundsmay receive a free subscription upon request to Woodalls CampgroundManagementone free subscription per campground. Others may purchasesubscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year inCanada. Contact Chris Lang at Woodalls Campground Management, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514.Email: clang@g-gmediagroup.com.Woodalls Campground Management is published monthly by G&G MediaGroup LLC at the above address.2 -February 2020 Woodalls Campground Management'