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What Local State Parks are Threatened to be Closed? Most All of Them

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Deep within Rock Pool at Malibu Creek State Park (more photos here) | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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The great thing about California state parks is that many of them have so much beauty, history and significance, they could be a National Park. In fact, sometimes state parks work in combination with National Parks like in the Redwood Forest and locally within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (check out this map of all the proposed parks to be cut here).

“It is a sad day, indeed, when California’s first state park-Big Basin Redwoods State Park-is proposed to be shuttered in the name of short-term and modest economic savings,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the California State Parks Foundation. “The very reason that state park and the 219 others on the closure list were set aside was to preserve, protect and provide public access to some of California’s wonders and history. These parks are the very definition of our environmental legacy and the products of charitable contributions, public-private partnerships and countless volunteer hours that have, for almost 100 years, leveraged the public funding that supports them.”

The foundation has set up a website with a form for you to fill out and shoot off an e-mail to the Governor and legislators.