Some of you may know that I go camping in North Carolina. A friend of mine, Barry Glidden and his wife, Terry, have managed the Rainbow Springs Campground, about 12 miles west of Franklin, NC, for the past 2 years. Rainbow Springs Campground is a private campground that dates from the 1930's. It is on the Nantahala River and in addition to being a great campground, it is a hiker hostel for the AT (Appalachian Trail) thru hikers as well as a haven for section hikers. Hundreds of hikers pass through there each year and get re-supplied, a hot shower, a warm bunk for the night, and hot pizza. I do the web site for Rainbow Springs Campground (free for my friend) and I have been up there about 3 times in the last 2 years. I learned about a month ago that the owners of Rainbow Springs Campground now want to convert it to a single family home subdivison and build a few million dollar homes along the river. Of course it is private property, and that is their right, however the owners are just a group of investors who only purchased the campground a couple of years ago from the long time owners, and my friend who manages the campground was led to believe that the new owners wanted to grow the campground's business and he has been putting his heart and soul into that. I developed the web site for him, and he has told me that the web site has helped a lot in attracting new business. Then about a month ago the campground owners dropped the bomb that they were going convert the campground into homes for a few rich people. He believes that was their intention all along, and they weren't being straight with him. Anyway.... Barry, being the creative person that he is, has gotten the Little Tennessee Land Trust to agree to accept the campground into their Trust, under their control, if the funds can be raised to purchase the campground from the investors. The investors have agreed to sell the campground, for $1 million. So there is only a little matter of raising $1 million in a short time. However, we may have longer, as the owners may grant an option for a year or 6 months for a reasonable sum (yet to be determined). Barry and I are thinking that since this campground is a key point on the AT (Appalachian Trail) for the thru hikers and has been for years, that the key places to search for funding to buy the campground for the Little Tennessee Land Trust would be the large outfitters, such as LL Bean who have been selling hiking gear for years to the hikers. However large corporate wheels turn slow, and even though some of these outfitters have been contacted, no big "flagship sponsor" has materialized. Most large corporations decide on these things once a year, and won't even consider any requests until their annual meeting on such things. There has been about $2000 in individual donations, mostly from the hikers who come through. I would truly hate to see this gem lost to development. It has existed for 70 years, and is less than a mile from the AT. There is no other AT hiker hostel's around this area. The cabins at Rainbow Springs were built in the 1930's and were once used as hunting cabins. I guess I am just looking for additional ideas to try that Barry hasn't tried yet. He has contacted a lot of the large manufacturers, and all of the hikers that have passed through there in the past year. If anyone has any ideas, or contacts, or know anything about what Barry is attempting to do, I would like to hear them, I will sure pass them on. The web site is http://rainbowspringscampground.com and you can see the "save rainbow springs" button which explains the situation, as well as displays the agreement from the Little Tennessee Land Trust where they agree to take the campground into their trust if the money can be raised to purchase it. Thanks for listening.