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State Parks Crisis

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.

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.


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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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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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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Are California state parks stuck in a 1950s business mentality?

July 29, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

California State Parks is grappling with modern funding problems as it strains for cash while its staffing, recreation and maintenance needs grow.


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.


Who can resist a California state park when dinner and dancing is involved?

June 24, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

Santa Cruz state parks supporters are using a bit of marketing and PR to attract new park-goers and raise money.

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State Parks chief: Parks need diversity, and MBAs

June 17, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

State parks chief General Anthony Jackson told East Bay park activists that his department needs MBAs and that the whole parks community needs to diversify.


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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What ever happened to Alden Olmsted?

May 14, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

Alden Olmsted has been MIA since last year's state parks funding scandal, quietly working on a documentary he hopes will change the public's consciousness.

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