Press Release - January 7, 2019


Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom today took the oath of office, officially swearing in as the 40th Governor of California. Governor Newsom’s swearing in marks the beginning of his tenure in office and offers a crucial opportunity for California to continue its stewardship of the state’s natural resources and protection of every Californian’s right to get outdoors.  

California State Parks Foundation Executive Director Rachel Norton offered the following statement on today’s inauguration: 

“We are thrilled to welcome Governor Gavin Newsom and look forward to working with him to prioritize policies promoting access to California’s 280 state parks to ensure that everyone, especially youth, can benefit from our outdoor spaces. 

“Governor Newsom has a demonstrated track record of leadership on equity issues and has articulated a clear focus on childhood development – both of which align with California State Parks Foundation’s efforts to bring more Californians of all backgrounds to our state parks, so they can discover the health, education and quality of life benefits our parks offer.” 

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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Sarah Melbostad

California State Parks Foundation

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