ASSEMBLYMEMBER GONZALEZ FLETCHER HONORED WITH LEGACY AWARD FROM CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION
ANNUAL AWARD RECOGNIZES LEGISLATIVE LEADER WHO HAS BEEN AN EXEMPLARY CHAMPION IN PROTECTING AND ADVANCING CALIFORNIA’S STATE PARKS
SACRAMENTO – California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) has bestowed its Legacy Award on parks champion Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) for her work to create more equitable access to state parks for all Californians.
“The Legacy Award is bestowed on Park Advocacy Day, when park users, partners and operators from across the state mobilize, organize and engage on public policies that support an excellent state parks system that provides equitable access for all Californians to experience and learn from its beauty and benefits,” said Rachel Norton, Executive Director of the California State Parks Foundation. “Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher has effected policy change to ensure that more Californians can enjoy all that our state parks have to offer.”
Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher has a 100% rating from the California Environmental Justice Alliance, California League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club California. She authored the successful Assembly Bill 250 requiring the Coastal Conservancy establish a program to expand the availability of low cost overnight accommodations so more Californians could access the state’s 1,100 miles of coastline.
“We must stand together to protect our state parks so today’s youth and future generations can learn and grow from the experiences they offer,” said Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher. “No child in our state should be denied the opportunity to experience the beauty and benefits of our state parks. We must create ways to ensure that these extraordinary environments are accessible for everyone to enjoy."
Today’s Park Advocacy Day convened park supporters and advocates from throughout California to spend the day meeting with legislators at the state’s capitol, voicing their support for policy that will protect and enhance state parks, and expand equitable access for all Californians. Critical issues facing the 280 state parks include youth access, park expansion, funding and environmental education.
ABOUT California State Parks Foundation (CSPF)
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 www.calparks.org