Press Release - August 6, 2013

California State Parks Foundation Welcomes New Members to the Parks Forward Commission

San Francisco - The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) welcomes the members of the Parks Forward Commission whose appointments were announced today by California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Major Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.).

In 2011, CSPF worked with then-Assemblymember Jared Huffman to introduce legislation – Assembly Bill 1589 and Assembly Bill 1478 – that helped lay the groundwork for the Parks Forward Initiative. Both bills included a requirement that an advisory board be established to conduct an independent assessment of the California state parks system and make recommendations to both the Legislature and the governor on park management, planning and funding to ensure a sustainable future.

“We welcome the opportunity for the robust dialogue about the future of state parks that the Parks Forward Initiative provides,” said CSPF President Elizabeth Goldstein. “We look forward to working with the new members of the Commission, the Resources Secretary and the Director of State Parks on this important effort.”

The Parks Forward Initiative was announced in June 2013 by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. This collaborative initiative seeks to address the short and long-term needs of California’s state parks and establish a new direction for the state parks system for current and future generations. The Parks Forward Initiative will be a multi-year process that will complete an assessment of the current state parks system and develop recommendations for a fully-funded and sustainable system, with accompanying implementation strategies.

The Parks Forward Initiative was announced in June 2013 by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. This collaborative initiative seeks to address the short and long-term needs of California’s state parks and establish a new direction for the state parks system for current and future generations. The Parks Forward Initiative will be a multi-year process that will complete an assessment of the current state parks system and develop recommendations for a fully-funded and sustainable system, with accompanying implementation strategies.

To guide the project, a new volunteer panel was created–the Parks Forward Commission. The Parks Forward Commission is comprised of members with diverse backgrounds who will provide strategic oversight and review. Californians will be asked to participate in a variety of different ways throughout the entire process. To find out more information about the initiative, the commissioners, and how you can get involved, go to parksforward.com.

About CSPF

With its 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. For more information about California's state parks, visit calparks.org.

For Immediate Release

August 06, 2013

Contact

Alexis Stoxen
(415) 262-4412
alexis@calparks.org

California State Parks Foundation

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