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Bay Nature magazineApril-June 2018

Parks

California’s state park system is the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holdings in the nation. Yet the century-and-a-half-old system has been in perpetual crisis mode for several decades, battered about by funding shortfalls and repeated threats of closures. How California parks — from redwood forests to coastal bluffs and historic monuments — will continue to survive is a story that ardent citizen supporters are striving to determine.

The Most Visited State Park System in the Nation Is Remaking Itself and Wants Your Buy-In

March 30, 2018 by Alissa Greenberg

Seven years after the crisis, California State Parks tests out a new model.

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Parks Are Our Shared Spaces, and It’s Easy to Take Them for Granted

March 30, 2018 by Victoria Schlesinger

So much of the good stuff in life happens in natural places, and it all depends on parks functioning properly in ways we can too easily take for granted.

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Berryessa Snow Mountain: Northern California’s New National Monument

May 09, 2016 by John Hart

A journey through a nearby landscape that can seem farther off and stranger than the High Sierra.

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Without Racial Diversity, Do Enviros Risk Becoming Marginalized?

February 25, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

UC Berkeley professor Carolyn Finney explains why environmentalists should support biodiversity — and racial diversity.

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Why has Mission Peak Become the Thing to Do?

October 16, 2014 by Lakshmi Sarah

Mount Tam? That's yesterday's high peak. A younger generation of hikers ascends Mission Peak instead.

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New Vision Launched for Candlestick Point

October 14, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

Just two years ago, the state wanted to abandon Candlestick Point. Now it's investing money in the park's renewal.

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Award-Winning Filmmaker Discusses Upcoming Wilderness Anniversary

July 02, 2014 by Jonah Raskin

Filmmaker Steve Dunsky usually spends his time behind the camera not in front of it. Now and  then, however, he ...

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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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Point Molate Beach Park Opens After Long Closure

October 14, 2013 by Sean Greene

Point Molate Beach Park reopened at sunrise Monday morning after being closed for more than a decade due to budget woes.

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Looking forward to the future of California’s state parks

October 03, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The 2011 state budget crisis hit California's state parks hard. Two years later, the Parks Forward Initiative has been looking to ensure the park system's future and on Oct. 2nd, asked for public input in San Rafael.

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