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Old 06-23-2010, 07:52 AM   #1
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Its been too damn hot and humid to be active outside and this leaves me with plenty of time to chew my cud and muse about things I would like to see changed . During our travels, we enjoy visiting many of the 'federal' campgrounds, COE, NPS, USDA (FS), etc., and, for the most part, they are all managed very well. Why are these camping/recreation areas so 'stove-piped' within separate bureaucracies? Wouldn't it be more cost effective to have all these facilities under one umbrella -- reduced duplication of management, purchasing, etc?

We recently visited the "Land Between The Lakes", USDA/Forest Service managed recreational area and were very impressed with all the recreational opportunities -- well managed campgrounds, staffed by friendly and helpful hosts.
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John,
Many of those campgrounds are out-sourced - run by commercial entities.

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Old 06-24-2010, 11:52 AM   #3
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I think each arm of govt. has their own way of doing things. Varies by area too. But, (sigh) just like everything else dealing with governmental bodies they will never all do things the same way. (Sometimes changes daily)

On another note:

I found out Fort Pickens (Pensacola FL) re-opened a month or so ago. We came over yesterday. Still a nicely run, quiet place with lots of natural beauty. (Well sadly there are tar balls and oil hitting the beaches now)

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