Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 14, 2011

Send an email in Support of State Parks

Palomar Mountain is a favorite spot in San Diego for people to get away from the urban area. Activities including hiking, camping, birdwatching and fishing. The park is on the state's list of sites to be closed by July 2012.When I saw the news earlier today about Palomar being one of 70 State Parks to close, I called Brad Eells.  Brad is the visionary and the Action Guy behind restoring High Point and now Boucher Lookout.  Boucher is in Palomar State Park.  Brad sent the following link asking all of us to voice our support to keep our 2000 acre State Park open.  As many of you have suggested, volunteers would need to step up to the plate. You can start by emailing your support.  It’s appreciated by many of us and generations to come.  

Bonnie

From: Brad Eells [mailto:highpointlookout@yahoo.com]
Subject: California State Parks Foundation Opposes Massive Number of State Park Closures

You can send an Email in Support of California State Parks here:

http://my.calparks.org/site/PageServer?pagename=2011ParkClosures

Brad

May 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:  
   Alexis Stoxen
   415-262-4412
  
   alexis@calparks.org
Jerry Emory
415-686-3155jerry@calparks.org

California State Parks Foundation Opposes Massive Number of State Park Closures

Governor Brown’s budget cuts result in list to close 70 state parks


 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks today released the list of state parks to be closed as a direct result of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and adopted by the Legislature. The list contains 70 parks to be closed—25 percent of the entire state park system. The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) strongly opposes these closures. “Californians across the state have now heard the proverbial shoe drop for our state parks system,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of CSPF. “When the governor first proposed the cut to state parks, we warned that the closures would be devastating, and clearly they will be. At a time when local communities are struggling to be part of the state’s recovery, this proposal shuts the door to a vital part of our economy. Closing these parks is going in the wrong direction.”   Some of the statewide impacts of the list means 36 of California’s 58 counties will see park closures, and more than 40 percent of the state’s entire State Historic Parks –destinations for students and field trips about California’s history and statehood – are slated to close. The list includes closing some of the most unique, historic, culturally important and iconic state parks in California, including:

  • The second largest state park in the entire state park system, and largest in Northern California (Henry Coe State Park)
  • The home of famous author, adventurer, and California native Jack London (Jack London State Historic Park)
  • The state park that has served as a backdrop for more than 200 films and still draws the film industry today (Railtown 1897 State Historic Park)

Although other closure lists have been drawn up in the past by State Parks in response to previous budget cut proposals, this is the first comprehensive list of closures that will be fully implemented. This is based on the $22 million cut to State Parks in the FY 11-12 budget framework that was adopted by the Legislature in late March and included in the trailer bills signed by the governor on March 24. 

“This generation is on the verge of leaving California’s state park system smaller and in every way diminished for the next generation,” said Goldstein. “Although park closures have been threatened before, this constitutes the first time in the 100 year history of California state parks that a serious, deliberate effort has been made to significantly reduce the state parks system. The message to our children and grandchildren is that we can’t save their natural and historic legacy. They can no longer expect to have access to a public trust resource that should, by all rights, be theirs.” 

CSPF questions the ability of the state to fully and effectively close most of the parks on the released list. Many of the parks on the list have multiple and varied entry points. Even those facilities that can have gates locked or doors closed are at risk. Vandalism, theft and other illegal activities have already occurred in parks that have nominal staffing. Fully shutting down state parks will only exacerbate those problems facing state parks and seriously threaten the preservation of these vital resources.   

“Shutting down 25 percent of the state parks system is a paradigm shift for California’s state parks,” said Goldstein. “For over 42 years, CSPF has focused on the vision of state parks that we inherited. As we work through what it means to alter our state parks system in the ways that are being currently contemplated, it’s imperative that we have a vision for the future and that vision guides decisions that will be made in these troubling economic times.”    

CSPF invites the public to join our Save Our State Parks Campaign, and numerous other organizations across the state, to fight this proposal and maintain a strong public commitment to state parks.

More information about the park closure list can be found at calparks.org/ParkClosures.

About CSPF

With our 120,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is the only statewide independent nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California’s magnificent state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California’s 278 state parks—the largest state park system in the United States. For more information about California’s state parks, visit calparks.org.

About SOS

The Save Our State Parks (SOS) Campaign is a statewide, grassroots campaign to keep California’s magnificent state parks open. In partnership with organizations, businesses, local governments, and individuals around the state, the California State Parks Foundation is leading SOS Campaign activities and generating awareness and action about these unacceptable budget proposals. For more information visit: savestateparks.org

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Park Closure List

Anderson Marsh SHP
Annadel SP
Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Austin Creek SRA
Bale Grist Mill SHP
Benbow Lake SRA
Benicia Capitol SHP
Benicia SRA
Bidwell Mansion SHP
Bothe-Napa Valley SP
Brannan Island SRA
California Mining & Mineral Museum
Candlestick Point SRA
Castle Crags SP
Castle Rock SP
China Camp SP
Colusa-Sacramento River SRA
Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
Fort Humboldt SHP
Fort Tejon SHP
Garrapata SP
George J. Hatfield SRA
Governor’s Mansion SHP
Gray Whale Cove SB
Greenwood  SB
Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
Hendy Woods SP
Henry W. Coe SP
Jack London SHP
Jug Handle SNR
Leland Stanford Mansion SHP
Limekiln SP
Los Encinos SHP
Malakoff Diggins SHP
Manchester SP
McConnell SRA
McGrath SB
Mono Lake Tufa SNR
Morro Strand SB
Moss Landing SB
Olompali SHP
Palomar Mountain SP
Petaluma Adobe SHP
Picacho SRA
Pio Pico SHP
Plumas-Eureka SP
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Portola Redwoods SP
Providence Mountains SRA
Railtown 1897 SHP
Russian Gulch SP
Saddleback Butte SP
Salton Sea SRA
Samuel P. Taylor SP
San Pasqual Battlefield SHP
Santa Cruz Mission SHP
Santa Susana Pass SHP
Shasta SHP
South Yuba River SP
Standish-Hickey SRA
Sugarloaf Ridge SP
Tomales Bay SP
Tule Elk SNR
Turlock Lake SRA
Twin Lakes SB
Weaverville Joss House SHP
Westport-Union Landing SB
William B. Ide Adobe SHP
Woodson Bridge SRA
Zmudowski SB


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