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Fixing State Parks without the “scandal”

July 31, 2012 by David Loeb

It’s certainly not hard to apply words like “outrageous” and “appalling” to the current scandal surrounding $54 million dollars in ...

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Pelicans, state parks, drought & more

July 23, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Welcome to Bay Nature’s first News Digest post. We’ll be updating you regularly on the top nature news reported in ...

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State parks win reprieve but face uncertain future

July 03, 2012 by Christine Sculati

This past week I received a flurry of excited emails from Robert Hanna, the great great grandson of John Muir, who has possessed a fierce determination to keep open every state park in California slated for closure. On Friday he celebrated victory at the State Capitol in Sacramento after learning that all but one of the 70 parks on the closure list will stay open.

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Faulty water system pulls Russian Gulch off closure list

June 14, 2012 by Christine Sculati

A mechanical breakdown could, oddly enough, be one of the reasons Russian Gulch State Park comes off the state parks closure list just before a July 1 shutdown.

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Lawmakers scramble to avert park closures

June 04, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

With state park closures only a month away, California lawmakers are scrambling to send long-lasting aid to the state park system and keep the gates open.

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Joan Hamilton on state parks’ future

May 09, 2012 by Bay Nature

Writer Joan Hamilton spoke with interviewer Henry Tenenbaum on KRON4 Sunday, May 6 about the state parks closures slated for ...

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First to the finish line: Jack London State Park

May 02, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

For the past 35 years, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association has been helping greet and educate visitors at the Jack London State Historic Park in Sonoma County.As of May 1, however, it’s taken charge of the whole park: 1,400 acres, 10,000 artifacts, and more than a dozen historic buildings.

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Despite promise of developer funds, Candlestick Point will close

April 25, 2012 by Christine Sculati

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in southeast San Francisco is California's first urban state park, and offers city-dwellers a slice of nature along the Bay. State budget cuts landed it on the list of park closures, even though a massive redevelopment project next door promises to deliver $50 million to Candlestick.

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Rural Refuge in the Redwoods

April 19, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

For residents and businesses in the Anderson Valley, 845-acre Hendy Woods State Park has an importance far beyond its size. It’s one of few public open spaces in this mostly rural region, and now residents are doing their best to make a plan to keep the park open.

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McGrath’s Army Takes Back the Beach

April 17, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

McGrath State Beach has plenty of visitors and plenty of revenue. So how did it end up on the closure list? The park’s sewer line was broken, and the state couldn’t afford to fix it. But the local community rallied around the park, raised the money to fix the sewer, and now the park will stay open.

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