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.

Corral Hollow, in Tesla

Tesla Park: Saved at Last

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After 20 years, the state decides not to allow the expansion of an off-road vehicle park in the East Bay hills.

elk and cows in Point Reyes

Home on the Range

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This story originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability powered by the California Academy of Sciences. Photographs by Sarah Killingsworth Point Reyes sits at the western edge of Marin County, California, a pick-axe shaped peninsula that juts … Read more