February 2013 Parklands E-Newsletter

A Word From Our President

January disappeared in a blur of the new legislative session, the governor’s budget proposal and State of the State address, a welcoming reception at our offices in San Francisco for the new DPR Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson, and a State Parks and Recreation Commission meeting to consider the new General Plan for Candlestick State Recreation Area (it was approved!).

The forecast for this year is unclear but there are some good signs. After a slow beginning, there seems to be some forward motion on the agreements to match donor funds that were raised for the 70 state parks on the closure list last year. It would be great to see all those agreements completed soon.

In addition, we are seeing an incredible renewal of efforts going on in the parks run in part or in whole by nonprofits. New models are emerging at places as diverse as Palomar Mountain and Jack London. We are pleased to be helping both those parks that are functioning in the safety net provided by donors and their partners – whether on the original closure list or not.

We held our second Technical Assistance Center meeting in January. It was a great success. Our team did a wonderful job coordinating the day. But it was the organizations that came from all over the state and brought awe-inspiring energy and dedication to the room that made the day. They spent the day honing their fundraising skills with a consultant who is helping both CSPF and the rest of the parks community refine our game. The Technical Assistance Center is just one of the initiatives that CSPF is undertaking to deliver capacity-building skills that the state parks community needs right now.

As always, we are gearing up for a spring and summer filled with great state parks activities, such as Park Advocacy Day, Earth Day and the Golden Poppy Gala with Parks Champions projects sprinkled in the mix. Whatever your taste for action, I hope that you will join us in exercising you muscles, whether they are political, gardening or those that involve dancing shoes. We hope to see you at a CSPF event somewhere in the state soon.

Thanks for all your support and encouragement.

Last Day to Register for Park Advocacy Day 2013!

CSPF is expecting over 100 park supporters from throughout California to join us for our 11th Annual Park Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 12 in Sacramento. Registration closes tomorrow, February 8, so be sure to sign up today if you’d like to participate!

During Park Advocacy Day, participants meet with policymakers at the State Capitol to advocate in support of state parks. These meetings help shape policymakers understanding of the state park system, and have a lasting impact on legislators as they make decisions on policy and budget issues related to California’s state parks system.

Learn more about Park Advocacy Day.

Contribute to our Word Cloud
We need your help! We want to bring your thoughts and ideas about why our state parks need defending to Sacramento … in a giant word cloud display we will place at the steps on the Capitol on Park Advocacy Day, March 12. But we need your words to do it! Please take a moment to share your word(s) on why state parks are important to you so we can add them to our word cloud!

Save the Date for Earth Day

CSPF's 16th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by PG&E will be Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at select state parks across California. Volunteer and bring your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers! Registration will be open on our website from March 4 to April 8 – so mark your calendars. (You must register to attend.)

Volunteers will be needed to help complete environmental improvement projects such as trail maintenance, installation of fences, trash/debris cleanup, weeding and campfire center improvements. Hope to see you there!

CSPF and Anchor Brewing Cheers to New Partnership

Today, Anchor Brewing announces the release of its Anchor California Lager®, and if that isn’t exciting enough, they will give a portion of the proceeds from case sales to CSPF!

Anchor’s history, California’s first genuine lager beer, and our state parks were all born in the second half of the 19th Century. The partnership between Anchor and CSPF will celebrate our unique heritage and traditions. Moreover, we’re forming an Anchor California Lager Grant, where CSPF will be able to award grants through our Discretionary Grants program to benefit state parks.

Find out more about the new partnership.

Cheers to Anchor Brewing, and cheers to state parks!

Volunteer with the Park Champions Program

We are pleased to announce the newest park in the Park Champions Program! We will be holding our first volunteer workday at Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County on March 23. This workday will focus on making campground improvements, clearing brush along the trail, and repairing the Visitor's Center steps. Kids 12 and up are welcome if accompanied by a legal guardian. Free camping is available on Friday and Saturday for pre-registered volunteers.

Winter is planting time in California state parks! Would you like to learn more about California’s native plants and our natural ecosystem? Volunteer at one of our upcoming habitat restoration workdays for hands-on education about the importance of native plants. Planting days are on the calendar for: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Carpinteria State Beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Olompali State Historic Park, Rio de Los Angeles State Park and Silver Strand State Beach!

Please visit our online calendar to learn more and to register for a project near you.

Giving to CSPF

Spring is on its way in California and that means more opportunities to enjoy our parks. Help CSPF support its volunteer programs and park improvement grants with a tax-deductible gift today.

And in good news for donors aged 70.5 and older, Congress reinstated the IRA Rollover. The act allows distributions from an IRA to a qualified charitable organization throughout 2013. Donors who make gifts from their IRAs to CSPF may avoid the ordinary income tax that would be incurred on distributions received by the donor. Saving taxes and saving parks – a double win! Call Martha Henderson at 415-262-4404 for more details.

2013 Calendars on Sale

Our 2013 calendars are now Buy 1 Get 1 Free while supplies last! Featuring California’s state parks in all their splendor and glory: beautiful beaches, irreplaceable wilderness, ancient forests, spectacular shorelines, serene deserts and so much more. Each colorful image was captured by members of CSPF’s online photography contest.

Get one for yourself or a loved one today!

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Jeffrey Sipress for winning the Photo of the Month for January! Jeffrey shot this contrasting image in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Click here to see a larger version of Jeffrey’s photograph.

You could be the next winner of great prizes like a Lowepro camera bag, Chipotle Mexican Grill gift card and a CSPF membership. To participate in CSPF's contest, simply complete your free registration on MyParkPhotos.com and be sure to check off “California State Parks Foundation” next to Join Partner Contests.

Travel Tips from Weekend Sherpa

Just 15 miles south of Half Moon Bay, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is a feast for the eyes in bird life. The 600-acre state marsh (and state park) adjacent to sprawling Pescadero State Beach is the largest between San Francisco and Monterey Bay. It’s easy to spend an hour or so exploring this wetland that’s home to two striking long-legged birds: great blue herons and egrets. Several easy trails weave through the preserve, but the short Sequoia Audubon Trail gets right to the heart of things, passing by Butano and Pescadero creeks, the two main freshwater sources. Stroll through a medley of plants and pass by the famous eucalyptus “talking tree.” (You’ll have to find out for yourself if it whispers sweet nothings to you.) Afterward, relax at adjoining Pescadero Beach, a wide and long swath of sand with driftwood décor.

From Hwy. 1, turn into the second parking area for Pescadero State Beach, just south of the bridge. To reach the Sequoia Audubon Trail, walk north, back across the bridge, and down the beach to the riverbed. Walk under the bridge and follow the trail signs. No dogs.

If you'd like to receive more tips like this emailed right to your inbox every Thursday, sign up at weekendsherpa.com.

News from the Parks

  • KQED interviewed new Department of Parks and Recreation Director Anthony Jackson. Hear the interview here.
  • Featuring paintings of California’s magnificent state parks, many located near Santa Barbara, Treasured Places, will benefit CSPF. A show and sale of art produced by the Oak Group, the opening reception is Friday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Public Library. The show will continue through March 30. Please make plans to join us!
  • The Angel Island Conservancy and the Department of Parks and Recreation have completed a comprehensive Interpretation Master Plan for Angel Island State Park that provides a roadmap for new and improved interpretive facilities, educational programs and recreational opportunities. View the plan here.
  • On February 20, a joint oversight hearing will be held by the Senate Natural Resources and Water and Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committees to review the parks audits and compliance with 2012 legislation.