Stop the Closure of 70 California State Parks
Seventy state parks will be permanently closed to the public unless we act now.
At 1.4 million acres, California's State Parks system is one of the best in the country. Unfortunately, these vital ecological and economic resources are already under extreme budget distress, and in recent years have been subject to poor management. Things took a turn for the worse in May, when the state approved the closure of 70 State Parks as a cost-cutting measure. Due to the lower population numbers, northern California stands to take a disproportionate hit, with several of the region's gems making the closure list.
At Castle Crags State Park, you can swim and fish in the Sacramento River, hike through the 28-miles of trails in the back country, climb some of the region's most tantalizing rocks, and access the Castle Crags Wilderness, all with a stunning view of Mount Shasta.
Del Norte Coastal Redwoods State Park has large stands of ancient Redwoods and eight miles of scenic coastline. The park includes a splendid hiking trail that used to be the Redwood Highway (101), and hiking throughout the park guarantees a measure of solitude.
Now, Castle Crags and Del Norte Coastal Redwoods State Park are part of the 70 parks across the state that are on a budget chopping block, slated for indefinite closure in 2012.
One month ago, the California Department of Parks and Recreation released a list of 70 state parks that will be permanently closed to the public as a result of the state budget cut enacted by Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature. This plan would close 25% of California's state park system and will impact communities across the state.
Other notable parks on the closure list include: Jack London State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, Russian Gulch State Park, Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, and Gray Whale Cove State Beach.