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Friends of China Camp Reach Amended Agreement with State

December 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Friends of China Camp reached an amended agreement in November with the state Department of Park and Recreation to fund China Camp State Park, Olompali State Historic Park and Tomales Bay State Park.

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Threatened with closure, Anderson Marsh gains new lease on life

June 27, 2013 by Christine Sculati

Most rural California state parks have languished in obscurity, but Anderson Marsh has been buoyed by those who value its history.

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Will $8 parking fees deter visitors from Sonoma County beaches?

May 23, 2013 by Jackson Mauze

Many local beach goers in Sonoma County are reacting strongly against a proposal to make them pay to play in the sun.

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Which California parks should remain under state control?

April 23, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

A long awaited report has sparked a debate on how to best manage the California State Parks system.

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National Trust hopes to save slice of history at state park

February 07, 2013 by Christine Sculati

Ceramicist Marguerite Wildenhain left her legacy at Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Sonoma County. What happens when the interests of art history and state parks coincide?

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Investigation finds State Parks deliberately hid some funds

January 04, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

The California Attorney General's office releases the results of its investigation into the State Parks Department over its funding fiasco.

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The General’s mission for California state parks

December 21, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

Major General Anthony Jackson came out of retirement for one more mission: to turn around California's state parks department. In a Bay Nature interview, Jackson explains why, "My goal, honest and truly, is not closing any parks."

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Will park groups accept the state’s apology?

October 30, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

The California parks department is figuring out how to disperse $10 million to groups that kept their local state parks from closing this year. But some parks fans wonder how they'll get out from the shadow of a parks department in scandal.

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Sonoma parks turn to South Africa, elsewhere for funding ideas

September 17, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

What does South Africa and Sonoma County have in common? Both suffer from debilitating shortages of public funds for parks. ...

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Under new management: China Camp volunteers take the helm

August 10, 2012 by Christine Sculati

After six months of fundraising, the nonprofit Friends of China Camp raised $250,000, enough money to take over operations of ...

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