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The Green Life: One Small Step For California's State Parks

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June 09, 2011

One Small Step For California's State Parks

Mono lake tufas If you live in California, you've probably heard that 70 of its 278 state parks are slated for closure, as part of a $22-million cut to the state-park budget. The doomed parks include Mono Lake Tufa SNR, Castle Crags, Shasta, and other undervisited but beautiful sites across the state

How can you help? Donate to an organization like the California State Parks Foundation. If enough people speak up, it starts to make a difference: Earlier this week, recycled-firelog company CleanFlame donated $300,000

Donations like these are indispensable. But because the amount of money the state wants to cut from the parks open is so gargantuan — and because most of us don't have $300,000 lying around, not to mention $22 million — they probably can't save the parks alone. Thankfully, the bill is only in the planning stages, and there are proposed measures to stop it. For one, activists are arguing that some of the closures violate federal law. Bills are also in the works to let nonprofits oversee the parks

In a state that takes pride in its progressive environmental policy, steps backwards like these are disheartening. But for now, nothing's set in stone, and California nature lovers have a chance to step up to the plate and speak out.  

--Mimi Dwyer

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