SAN FRANCISCO--On Saturday, April 18, 27 state parks across California will be the focus of California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) 17th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In addition to being a presenting sponsor, PG&E will provide its workforce at 11 state parks. More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to help with environmental improvement projects statewide.
California’s state parks receive great benefits from the work completed by volunteers during the annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. This year, trails will be cleared for greater public access, campgrounds will be improved prior to the busy summer season, native and drought tolerant vegetation will be planted and trash will be removed to create a more welcoming environment for visitors. Businesses and individuals are sought to actively participate with their communities to help improve the quality, safety and preservation of California’s 279 amazing state parks.
“California’s state parks system has weathered budget cuts and financial ups and downs over the years, resulting in maintenance backlogs and reduced resources at many parks,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of CSPF. “The commitment of volunteers, park partners and sponsors such as PG&E, Chevron, Edison International and Oracle are invaluable to a public state park system that has been sorely underfunded for its regular maintenance needs.”
PG&E is providing a $200,000 grant to CSPF for the supplies and materials to complete 12 Earth Day projects throughout Northern and Central California. PG&E also is providing added support for state parks by participating in two additional cleanup days for PG&E employees and their families: Friday, April 17 at Angel Island State Park and Saturday, April 22 at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area.
“Helping to restore and preserve the beauty of California’s treasured state parks for the enjoyment of both current and future generations is a key part of PG&E’s commitment to environmental sustainability. For 13 years, we have proudly supported state parks in the local communities we serve as part of CSPF’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program,” said PG&E President Chris Johns.
CSPF project sites across California:
Since its inception in 1998, CSPF’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program has resulted in 80,967 participants contributing more than 334,301 volunteer hours worth nearly $6.39 million in park maintenance and improvements. Additionally, more than $4.6 million has been raised for the Earth Day program.
To volunteer on Earth Day, visit calparks.org/earthday or call 1-888-98-PARKS. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Parking fees are waived for Earth Day volunteers.
In-kind sponsors include Lärabar, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and TOGOs.
Media sponsors for 2015 include: KTVU-TV Channel 2 and KICU-TV, KCBS-AM, Big 103.7, Half Moon Bay Review, Marin Independent Journal and World Journal in San Francisco Bay Area; KSOF-AM in Fresno; San Clemente Times, Dana Point Times, The Capistrano Dispatch in Orange County; Oroville Mercury Register in Oroville; Auburn Journal, The Folsom Telegraph, KAHI-AM 950 and 101.5/KHITS in Sacramento; KSTT-FM and San Luis Obispo Tribune in San Luis Obispo; KSCO-AM in Santa Cruz; Sonoma Index Tribune in Sonoma County; and Champion Newspapers, CBS2 and KCAL9 and Los Angeles Daily News in Los Angeles.
Local organizations supporting Earth Day include: East Bay Regional Parks, Fort Ross Conservancy, Malibu Creek Docents Association, North East Trees and Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.
For more information, visit www.pge.com/community and calparks.org.