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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Forest campground managers sought

  • Mark Twain National Forest officials are looking for campground managers to operate nine national forest campgrounds, their associated recreation areas, and one rental cabin.
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  • Mark Twain National Forest officials are looking for campground managers to operate nine national forest campgrounds, their associated recreation areas, and one rental cabin.
    Anyone interested in being a Mark Twain National Forest recreation manager, or concessionaire, should submit proposals by close of business Jan. 29, 2014.
    The selection of successful applicants should be made by Feb. 20, 2014. Approved managers will start operations no later than May 15, 2014.
    Most recreation sites operated by Mark Twain National Forest have had volunteer campground hosts helping with visitor information and contacts, cleaning, doing light maintenance, and, in some cases, mowing.
    "Concessionaire campground managers that have the responsibility for one or two campgrounds are able to spend more time in the campgrounds and are more available to campers than Forest Service employees,” said Bill Nightingale, Mark Twain National Forest forest supervisor.  “This is an opportunity to team up with private individuals or companies to provide quality recreation opportunities."
    Under the terms of the prospectus available from Mark Twain National Forest’s supervisor’s office in Rolla, the Forest Service is seeking proposals from potential recreation managers to operate and maintain one or more of the 10 recreation sites.
    The 10 proposed areas are:
    n Cobb Ridge Campground in the Chadwick motorcycle and ATV area in Christian County;
    n Greer Crossing Campground near Highway 19 and the Eleven Point National Scenic River;
    n Lane Spring off of Highway 63 south of Rolla;
    n Loggers Lake near Bunker;
    n Marble Creek between Fredericktown and Arcadia;
    n Markham Springs near Ellsinore;
    n North Fork Campground on the north fork of the White River near West Plains;
    n Red Bluff on Huzzah Creek off Highway V in Crawford County;
    n Sinking Creek Cabin at the base of a historic fire tower in Carter County;
    n Watercress Campground on the Current River in Van Buren.
    Most of the sites are located along rivers or lakes. Many include picnic areas, boat launches or other day use sites as well as a campground.
    Campground managers are encouraged to provide additional goods and services such as firewood, water and ice sales, boat rentals and educational or interpretive programs as a way to increase their income and to better serve visitors.
    Selected applicants will be authorized to collect camping and day use fees from recreationists and pay a small percentage fee to the forest.
    In return, site managers will maintain campsites and other facilities, including but not limited to maintenance and cleaning of toilets, trash collection, mowing, cleaning campsites and making minor improvements to keep the area safe for users.  
    Selection will be based upon the technical merit of the proposals.
    Page 2 of 2 - Copies of the prospectus are available at www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf/ or by writing Forest Supervisor, 401 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401 or calling 573-364-4621 or the nearest district ranger office.

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