Earth Day volunteers at Jack London State Historic Park in 2015
Sending thoughts and support to those affected by the California wildfires
We have worked with state parks and people in Sonoma, Napa and Orange counties for a long time and are monitoring the effects of the wildfires and how we can help. In Napa and Sonoma counties, several state parks have been affected, especially Trione-Annadel State Park, Jack London State Historic Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. With fires on-going, the most immediate need is for disaster relief and shelter for evacuees, and as damage gets assessed, the California State Parks Foundation will be looking at the ways our programs can help the affected state parks recover and re-open to the public. In the interim, we encourage those who are able to help support the on-the-ground efforts happening now.
Mojave Trails National Monument by BLM? [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Protecting all our public lands
America’s national monuments are at risk. In April, President Trump signed an Executive Order ordering the Department of the Interior to review national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act since 1996 that are larger than 100,000 acres in size, or where the Interior Secretary determines the designation was made without adequate public outreach or support. You joined us in asking congressional representatives to protect the 27 monuments the Department of Interior announced would be under review — six of which are in California: Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Giant Sequoia, Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and San Gabriel Mountains National Monuments.
In a report released in September, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended no monuments in California be reduced. While this is a welcome temporary reprieve for California, other monuments throughout America remain at risk. Ten monuments have been identified by Interior Secretary Zinke to be either reduced in overall size or existing protections be rolled back.
Our parks and monuments are for all Americans, preserving America’s heritage and history and safeguarding irreplaceable wildlife, habitat and natural resources. They serve as a testament to our collective history and should be protected for future generations. Since being enacted in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been utilized by 16 Presidents and has preserved iconic American places and landscapes.
An attack on one monument is an attack on all public lands! If you haven’t already, join us and urge your Congressional Representative to protect America’s monuments and public lands.
Park Champions getting Palomar Mountain State Park ready for the Apple Festival
Notable volunteer opportunities with Park Champions
Fall for state parks this October, and show your love by volunteering with Park Champions! We’ve coordinated some unique, noteworthy and festive work days to make supporting your state parks extra special this month. As always, tools, training, snacks (treats, not tricks) and smiles provided. Join us for…
…the Apple Festival at Palomar Mountain State Park!
Saturday, October 14, 1pm-5pm and Sunday, October 15, 9am-5pm
Help setup, work, and tear-down activity stations for the annual Apple Festival. Kids ages 12 and up welcome with a legal guardian. Free tent and RV camping (no hookups) is available Saturday and Sunday nights.
…our first work day at Big Basin Redwoods State Park!
Wednesday, October 18, 9am-2pm
Help trim back vegetation around the meadow and Nature Center building (on the coastal side of the park, at Rancho Del Oso) to reduce the risk of future wildfires. Ages 18 and up.
…the first work day of the season at Chino Hills State Park!
Sunday, October 22, 9am-1:30pm
Help with a trail maintenance project that will make the park more accessible, give you a morning workout, and get you out in nature! Teens ages 14 and up are welcome with a legal guardian.
…Halloween (with costumes!) at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area!
Thursday, October 31, 9am-noon
Put on a costume for our first "Wicked" Trash Clean-up as we span the shores of Nimbus Flat in search of trash large and small. Prizes awarded! Kids 10 and up welcome with a legal guardian.
Register for one of these or another upcoming Park Champions project today!
An elephant seal reclining at Año Nuevo State Park
Share your favorite winter activities
What’s special to you about our state parks in the winter? Do you look forward to viewing the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park, or do you prefer snowshoeing at Big Trees State Park?
We want to feature your favorite winter state parks activities in our December Parklands newsletter! Reply to this email or comment on our Facebook with your suggestions and stories (photos encouraged!), and we may include it in the newsletter.
September’s Photo of the Month
Congratulations to Marilou Lekanne Vaquer, whose photo taken from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway at Mount San Jacinto State Park is September's Photo of the Month!
Marilou was awe-struck by the views from the tram, and wants to make sure we protect them: “Let's all please do our share to preserve our precious and awe inspiring state parks,” she said, “not just for our own enjoyment, but for the sake of all the wonderful flora and fauna that can be found inside.”
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 thanks to our sponsor, Lowepro!