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Natural Resources Minister Eleanor Norrie has announced that
provincially operated parks, including some with campgrounds,
will open for the 1996 season on Friday, May 17.

"There are some 120 parks, including 20 with campgrounds, in the
provincial system," said Mrs. Norrie. " They are nature's
resorts, and I encourage all Nova Scotians to use and enjoy them
often throughout the 1996 season."

Seven of the campgrounds operated by the Department of Natural
Resources will open on May 17. They are: Salsman Park,
Guysborough County; Dollar Lake, Halifax County; Graves Island
and Little Risser's Beach parks, Lunenburg County; Mira River
Park, Cape Breton County; Saltsprings Park, Pictou County, and
The Islands Park, Shelburne County.

All other campgrounds in the system will open June 14, with the
exception of North Risser's in Lunenburg County, which will open
July 1.

Campers are advised to check with local DNR offices to confirm
dates and hours of campground operations in specific parks.

The day-use portion of DNR camping parks will open and close on
the same dates as the campground.

A "Campground Host Program" is also being introduced as a pilot
project in two provincially operated campgrounds this season.
Volunteer "park hosts" will greet visitors at Blomidon Park in
the Annapolis valley and at Amherst Shore Park, Cumberland

"The program is a hospitality service to park visitors," Mrs.
Norrie said. "Through volunteers, it creates a warm, welcoming
atmosphere that makes visitors comfortable and, at the same time,
encourages them to stay longer in our parks. If the pilot project
is successful, we may expand it to other campgrounds next year."

In exchange for a free campsite and firewood, park hosts will
spend two to six weeks greeting visitors and providing
information about things to do in the park and surrounding area.
Hosting requires a commitment of about four hours per day and
does not include collecting fees, issuing permits, enforcing
regulations or other duties that are normally the work of
Department of Natural Resources parks staff.


Contact: Blain Henshaw  902-424-5252

trp                  May 16, 1996 - 4:10 p.m.