Press Release - May 11, 2018

California State Parks Foundation comments on the Governor's revised budget

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. --  Friday, May 11, 2018  -- “We are thrilled to see a revised Governor’s budget that reflects further investments to support California’s state parks,” said Rachel Norton, Executive Director of the California State Parks Foundation.  “As the statewide nonprofit enhancing and advocating for state parks, we understand the vast needs of parks and the on-going efforts necessary to ensure state parks are available for all to experience. It is especially critical we pass Proposition 68 to fund park projects, as outlined in the proposed revised budget, and work to address the unmet needs of parks.”

Highlights of proposed funding for California state parks from the May revised budget: 

  • Legacy Forests at State Parks—An increase of $15 million of Proposition 68 funds for the Department of Parks and Recreation to protect forests in state parks.
  • California Indian Heritage Center—An increase of $100 million of General Fund for the Department of Parks and Recreation to construct a new museum to protect, preserve and celebrate the history of California’s tribal peoples.
  • Department of Parks and Recreation: $100 million in infrastructure and deferred maintenance.
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park: Cultural Trail – An increase of $852,000 Proposition 12 bond funds to design a new trail focusing on increasing the interpretive program at Fort Ross State Historic Park.

These proposals build on essential funding for our state parks that was included in the Governor’s January budget:

  • Fixing State Parks and Improving Access for All Californians—$42 million and 364 positions to increase services across a variety of programs, emphasizing those that directly benefit park visitors by improving access, and fixing and maintaining the aging infrastructure of the state parks system.
  • State Parks System Enhancements—$4 million of SB 5 funds to begin project identification and planning activities necessary to strategically allocate SB 5 funds dedicated to the state park system.

About California State Parks Foundation

California State Parks Foundation 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. 

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Bettina Sferrino

California State Parks Foundation

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