Forest Adjusts Fire Restrictions

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Umpqua National Forest removed public use restrictions on campfires, smoking, chainsaw use and the use of other internal combustion engines Wednesday. Officials say the change in weather and fuels allowed for the end of public use restrictions. The fire danger level in the Umpqua National Forest remains high, so visitors are … Continue reading »

OPRD Proposes Higher Camp Space Prices

EUGENE, Ore. — People taking their RVs out to camp in Oregon might have to spend a little more money next summer. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing to raise rates at the most popular State Park campgrounds. If the proposal is approved by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, the rate for … Continue reading »

Oregon Country Fair’s Economic Impact

VENETA, Ore. — Every year, huge crowds descend upon this small town to enjoy the Oregon Country Fair. How does this influx of visitors affect the local economy? “There’s not a lot of impact to the city directly,” says Shauna Hartz, finance director for the City of Veneta. Hartz says that most of the $20,000 … Continue reading »

Memorial Day Campers Stay Close to Home

VENETA, Ore. — The wet weather didn’t put a damper on people looking to take advantage of the three-day weekend. Lane County campgrounds were packed by people who chose to get away for Memorial Day by pitching a tent close to home. Some call it a staycation; when it feels far away from home, but … Continue reading »

Reward Offered in Vandalism Case

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Umpqua National Forest and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians are offering a reward in hopes of arresting those responsible for vandalism at a campground. On Sunday, severe damage to the meadow was discovered by District Ranger Donna Owens at the South Umpqua Falls Campground. “It appears a … Continue reading »

Eugene City Council Makes Homeless Plan

EUGENE, Ore. — The conversation has been going on for years–what can be done for Eugene’s homeless, particularly those who camp in local parks? The city council took big steps toward a solution Wednesday. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed a motion that would create a 120-day pilot program. It would allow dusk to dawn camping at … Continue reading »

Camping World Brings Business & Jobs

COBURG, Ore. — The Lane County economy could finally be digging out of the recession as a new camping retailer is moving into the area. Camping World announced its plans for a new location off of Interstate 5 in Coburg. The city says the new store could bring lots of jobs to the area. “Coburg … Continue reading »

Camping World to Open in Coburg

COBURG, Ore. — Outdoor enthusiasts will soon have a new place to shop. Camping World is coming to Coburg at the vacant lot off Interstate 5 near exit 199. The new facility will offer RV sales and services, as well as camping accessories. With a new location comes new job opportunities. The company plans to … Continue reading »

Campers Not Worried About West Nile

EUGENE, Ore. — Folks are already filing into the campgrounds for Labor Day weekend. With a recently confirmed case of West Nile virus in Coos County, we wondered if nearby campgrounds had any plans of attack outlined. Lane County Parks and Recreation representatives said they don’t have anything out of the ordinary set up. Most … Continue reading »

Summer Camping Season Kicks Off

EUGENE, Ore. — With this week’s stretch of warm, dry weather, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. For some that means breaking out the trailer or tent for some outdoor fun. Lane County Parks officials say that despite the current economy and gas prices, they haven’t seen a drop in camping business, but they … Continue reading »