A memorable visit to Trione-Annadel State Park
During last October’s devastating fires in Sonoma and Napa counties, Trione-Annadel State Park and Robert Louis Stevenson State park were squarely in the burn zone. Executive Director Rachel Norton recently visited Trione-Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa to see the fire’s effects up close so that the California State Parks Foundation could better understand how to help. Read about her visit on our blog.
Love your state parks! Be a Park Champion this February
Show your love for your favorite state parks and celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a friendly community of park supporters. Help your local Park Champions teams improve and maintain popular parks and beaches across California. There are so many ways to get involved:
- Restore a historic orchard and join us for a guided history tour at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch (San Mateo)
- Improve trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians, and get a free morning workout at Candlestick Point Recreation Area (San Francisco), Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (San Diego), Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area (San Bernardino) and Chino Hills State Park (Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino).
- Make parks a better home for native plants, birds and animals by planting native plants at Half Moon Bay State Beach (San Mateo) or Los Angeles State Historic Park (Los Angeles)
- Help with a variety of park maintenance projects and camp for the weekend at China Camp State Park (Marin), Carpinteria State Beach (Santa Barbara) and Salton Sea State Recreation Area (Riverside).
Visit our website to see a map of upcoming projects at parks near you and our Flickr page for examples of Park Champions in action. Hope we’ll see you at a workday soon!
Fires delay but don’t stop the next generation of stewards
Trione-Annadel State Park in Sonoma County is a favorite park of the community. With trails to hike, mountain bike and horseback ride, the park has an activity for every visitor. While last fall’s fires in Northern California substantially damaged sections of the park, the community and local volunteers all remain committed to the park while rebuilding and recovering from the aftermath.
In late 2016, CSPF awarded a grant to Sonoma County Trails Council for critical improvements to trails at Trione-Annadel State Park. For this Annadel Trail Project, Sonoma County Trails Council partnered with local schools and community groups to engage youth in volunteerism and an ongoing stewardship program to repair and maintain trails at the park.
In 2017 events were hosted on the second Sunday of the month for a total of eight trail work days with children as young as 5 years old, along with international exchange students from around the world. These days introduced 100 youth volunteers to trail maintenance and volunteering that provided 342 hours of trail maintenance for the park. “These volunteer work days create new connections, building community and strengthening our park support network,” said Ken Wells, Executive Director of Sonoma County Trails Council.
Although the fires interrupted work days, a significant amount of maintenance work was accomplished. The program will continue in 2018 as a long-term volunteer-powered trail maintenance program, providing opportunities for volunteers to steward Trione-Annadel State Park.
This work not only made needed repairs and improvements, but also fostered the next generation of stewards for parks.
Additional Earth Day Grants Awarded to Promote Climate Resiliency
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of our Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program, presenting sponsor Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has funded a special round of grants for important projects that will help state parks in the face of natural disasters – to better cope with wildfires, drought and other environmental impacts in the short term, and to build resiliency to deal with the effects of climate change in the long term. Many of these projects will be completed or started by volunteers during our day of service on Saturday, April 21. The parks awarded these grants are:
China Camp State Park: To create fire breaks and keep grasses cut low to mitigate risk of wildfire in the park and in adjacent neighborhoods
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park: For trail repair on the Lost Coast Trail, to ensure safer passage for fire response and emergency evacuations.
Mendocino Woodlands State Park: To remove trees marked as hazardous by state parks to help mitigate the risk of wildfire
Plumas Eureka State Park: To remove combustibles and improve fire control and erosion control
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area: To start locally-adapted native salt marsh plants that will help blunt storm surge
Jack London State Historic Park: To maintain the eucalyptus grove to minimize fire risk and return some of the woodlands to native species and mitigate impacts of climate change
Sugarloaf Ridge SP: For erosion control installation at a very steep section of Brushy Peaks Trail
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area: To clear hazardous downed trees in both parks to ensure safe, defensible space around facilities, and to develop and emergency contact plan
Learn more about Earth Day and all the volunteer sites here.
January Photo of the Month
Congratulations Christina Tan, whose photo of the amazing colors at the tide pool in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is January's Photo of the Month!
You could be our next winner! Join our My California State Parks Flickr group to become part of a community of photographers and park lovers sharing their images. Once a month, a winner is selected to win a prize!