Press Release - January 29, 2018

San Francisco, Calif. – This Earth Day, 40 state parks will receive funding from the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) for much needed restoration and improvement projects, to be completed by volunteers during CSPF’s 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Thanks in part to a $250,000 total grant provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the funds will support parks across the state to provide needed upkeep and repair at state parks – from constructing new native plant gardens and repairing nature trails, to upgrading buildings and improving park infrastructure. For 20 years, CSPF has mobilized volunteers across the state to demonstrate their support for environmental protection on Earth Day by spending time protecting and improving state parks. This year, thousands of people will gather across California for special volunteer projects that make state parks more accessible and enjoyable, like:

  •  Replacing trees lost during the drought at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
  •  Painting an ocean-themed mural at San Elijo State Beach
  •  Updating campgrounds with new ADA-compliant campfire rings at Castle Rock State Park
  •  Installing a permanent public bike fix-it station and signs at Huntington State Beach
  •  Promoting stewardship and sustainability of our shoreline parks at a community engagement event at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
  • Rebuilding a severely damaged access road at Jack London State Historic Park

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of CSPF’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program, for the first time PG&E is including a supplemental grant ($50,000 of the $250,000 total) for projects to prepare state parks for natural disasters. These projects will focus on brush removal and habitat management to make parks better able to cope with fires, drought and other environmental impacts in the short term, and will bolster strategies to help make parks more resilient in dealing with the effects of climate change in the long term.

“PG&E has a proud tradition of supporting state parks, enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. Expanding that effort to help protect natural and cultural resources against the effects of climate change is the logical next step, and is part of our larger company strategy to help build more resilient communities,” said Travis Kiyota, PG&E Vice President of California External Affairs and Executive Director of the PG&E Corporation Foundation.

Climate resiliency projects will be completed in conjunction with Earth Day volunteer activities on Saturday, April 21 or on a date to be determined by individual state parks during the spring of 2018.

Volunteer registration for the 40 parks opens early March. To find out more about CSPF grants and projects in your area, or for more ways you can help protect our state parks this Earth Day, please visit calparks.org/earthday.

Since its inception in 1998, CSPF’s annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup days of service have resulted in 83,785 participants contributing more than 334,301 volunteer hours worth nearly $6.6 million in park maintenance and improvements. Additionally, nearly $5 million has been raised through the Earth Day program to benefit state parks and the millions of Californians who rely on them for recreation, education and inspiration.   

About California State Parks Foundation 

California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks. With our community of supporters, we deliver innovative solutions for an excellent parks system by facilitating park improvements, inspiring stewardship, supporting partners, advocating for sound policies, and connecting people to parks. Together we ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of our 280 state parks are available for all to enjoy now and for generations to come. For more information, visit calparks.org.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric Company has been a sponsor of the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup since 2001. Supporting CSPF since 1994, PG&E has donated nearly $3.7 million to help protect state parks, and thousands of PG&E employees have volunteered their time on Earth Day and beyond.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

California State Parks Foundation

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