RVers in New Brunswick, Canada, who like to park for extended stays at certain public camping sites are being told they’re no longer welcome, sparking debate about exactly who owns the forests.
CBC News reported that earlier this week, Natural Resources Minister Donald Arseneault said that 13 sites had been set aside across the province for picnics or overnight tenting.
But in the summer, he said, some of those sites are crowded with as many as 70 recreational vehicles, set up for months at a time next to rivers and lakes.
Arseneault said the RV colonies leave behind trash and human waste, and because of that, the government is restricting access for day use or tenting only.
“[There is] raw sewage material, human waste, in certain areas you see some old rusted oil tanks just thrown out there,” he said.
He said his department has received complaints from people being prevented from getting near waterfront sites because they were taken over with recreational vehicles for the entire season.
RVers who enjoy the area say they’re being punished because of the actions of a few. A meeting is scheduled to figure out a way to convince the government to let them stay in the woods.
Natural resources officers have already posted signs in the Nepisiguit River area near Bathurst explaining that RV camping is prohibited and several accesses to the river have been blocked to restrict RV access. Overnight tent camping is still permitted.
The department has also blocked access for trailers and other recreational vehicle campers at sites near Heath Steele, California Lake, Buck Falls, Wedge Mine and Indian Falls Depot.