Note: below is a campaign organized by Environment California to petition closing 70 CA state parks. I’m just passing the word.

Source: Environment California

Protect Our Parks

Can you believe it?

Last Tuesday, the first of 70 state parks began to close, possibly forever.

Through two world wars and the Great Depression, we’ve found a way to protect our parks. We know that open space is too important to sacrifice and that nature isn’t a luxury to dispose of when times get tough. But unless we act now, Tomales Bay, Jack London State Historic Park, Morro Strand State Beach and 67 other parks will close forever.

We can do better. Tell Sacramento to protect our state parks. 

If these 70 parks close, it would be like locking a treasure chest. We’d lose access to more than 250 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and birdwatching at Henry W. Coe State Park in Northern California; the chance to spot whales as they migrate right along Gray Whale Cove State Beach on the Central Coast; and a rare adobe structure at Pio Pico State Park in Southern California.

And for what? $22 million — or what Sacramento insiders call “budget dust.” It’s even crazier when you consider that our parks generate $300 million in state sales tax each year.

We won’t stand by and let our natural heritage be thrown away. We’re launching a massive campaign to protect our state parks: stepping up our advocacy in Sacramento, shining a media spotlight on park closures, sending hundreds of outreach staff into communities up and down the state, and mobilizing Californians to send a clear message to Sacramento: Our parks are too important to sacrifice.

I truly believe that we can stop the reckless plan to close our parks before it causes permanent damage to our state. Back in 2009, thousands of Environment California members helped keep 220 parks from closing. The fight will be tougher this time, but with your help, we can protect our parks.

Please join me in standing up for California’s state parks. 

Together, we can preserve California’s natural heritage for future generations.

Thanks for being with us,

Dan Jacobson
Environment California Legislative Director