Firewood Vending Machine
It's moments before your perfectly planned weekend getaway. The camping equipment is packed and ready to go, bags, and the coolers are stocked. You're ready! As soon as the clock strikes quittin' time, it's time to hit the road! You've made all the calls and picked the perfect spot, and your friends are meeting up with you at the park. Finally, you get backed up into the ideal place; it's time to set up your weekend home. You've ensured your registration is all paid, and the lawn chairs have been precisely placed around the fire ring. The perfect camping weekend can now begin. The only thing left is to get the fire started. No worries, you're familiar with this park and know that the rangers stop by with firewood. The next thing you know, you're looking for the ranger to flag down, only to find a cloud of dust following the ranger's truck right out of the park. Well, there goes getting the fire started for dinner. Who knows how long it'll be before he gets back this way? So, do you leave the park to purchase wood or wait an unknown amount of time to get some from the ranger?
Though our rangers are usually near our main parks, Plymouth County Conservation staff manages over 17 natural resource areas, with four campgrounds and over 50 campsites. That's a lot of ground for us to cover. The last thing our rangers want to see is unhappy campers, and that's why this year, Plymouth County Conservation Foundation is turning to you, Siouxland, to give our rangers more ways to be there for our park visitors.
This year PCCF is asking for $10,000 in donations to fund a Firewood Vending Machine for the campgrounds at Hillview Recreational Area. The machine would consist of 31 locker compartments. Each compartment will hold a bundle of wood available to purchase through the system's point of sale. Campers would have the luxury of buying firewood at their convenience, eliminating the stress of watching for the ranger to stop by. This machine is not intended to replace our rangers; we'll still have that personal touch, but simply offers an immediate convenience of having firewood when needed.
When getting that perfect camping weekend planned, you've got enough to worry about; let us take the hassle of rounding up firewood off your plate.