News Release 052

Missouri State Parks announces Camp Smart program

Volume 39-052 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Missouri State Parks encourages its visistors to help implement a green initiative, Camp Smart, throughout its park system that will help conserve energy, protect the environment and save money. Reducing energy use will also help Missouri State Parks keep camping fees low.

"We are about fun in the outdoors, but we want to conserve our natural resources and be cost effective too. Our Camp Smart initiative allows campers to actively participate in a program that helps keep fees low and conserves energy at our state park campgrounds," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Beginning with the 2012 season, colorful Camp Smart decals will appear on campground electric pedestals providing tips to save energy when visitors are away from their campsite. Every visitor will be able to do their part to help minimize wasted energy at the campground. The "Camp Smart" decals will include the following tips for decreasing energy consumption:

- Turn the air conditioner thermostat to a higher temperature while enjoying the great outdoors.
- Keep windows and doors closed when running the air conditioner.
- Run the refrigerator at 38 degrees.
- Use the water heater only when necessary.
- Turn off the lights when campers are away from the site.

Energy use is a significant cost to operate Missouri state parks. By tackling this challenge to reduce one of our biggest expenses, we are leading the way to a brighter future for our beloved parks.

For more information please visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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