Representatives from 14 campgrounds attended the spring meeting of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds (MAC) Feb. 23 at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md.

Speakers from the state’s Department of Natural Resources spoke about the firewood restrictions currently in force in Maryland’s state parks, according to Sue Wendlandt, MAC president.

The DNR spokesmen, Robin Melton and Darryl Anthony, also reviewed a new park alcohol policy for 2010 which bans the consumption of alcohol in state parks. However, alcohol consumption is allowed inside motorhomes, Wendlandt said.

Cheryl Smith, education director from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), also spoke, outlining new features of the GoCampingAmerica website and reviewing performance licenses that campgrounds need to show movies and play recorded music.

Smith also provided an entry to ARVC’s InSites Convention and Outdoor Hospitality Expo, which will be held Dec. 1-4 in Las Vegas, Nev. The donated item was then auctioned off and purchased by Cherry Hill Park owner Mike Gurevich for $500.

In an open discussion, MAC members discussed the pet policies at their respective parks. The DNR representatives were very interested in the parks’ comments, as the state parks are seeking to ease some pet policies to make their parks more pet friendly, she said.

A representative of Frontier Town Campground near Ocean City noted that the campground will be selling T-shirts this year with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Gurevich and Cherry Hill Park have hosted the annual MAC meeting for many years and Cherry Hill also is the site for the annual CAMP meeting in April.

MAC will hold its fall meeting Oct. 26 at the Queen Anne’s County Exploration Center.