One Small Step For California's State Parks
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.