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State Parks and Wildlife Conservation
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California's state parks are falling apart because of chronic underfunding. Budget cuts are causing them to fall severely behind in needed maintenance and repairs – a backlog of more than $1 billion already exists. Twice in the past two years, state parks were on the brink of closure. Only a last‐minute budget reprieve kept them open. But nearly 60 state parks will be shut down part‐time or their hours of operation reduced because of this year's budget cuts, and more park closure proposals and budget cuts are expected next year. California's parks are becoming less available to the public and are at serious risk of irreversible damage.
In response, a statewide ballot measure has been prepared that would create the State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund. Rather than living on a budget roller coaster, the fund would provide a stable, reliable and adequate source of funding for the state park system, for wildlife conservation and for increased and equitable access to those resources for all Californians.
The proposed measure has been submitted to the California Attorney General's office for official ballot title and summary. An exploratory committee, Californians for State Parks and Wildlife Conservation, has been created to consider the feasibility of this measure for the November 2010 statewide ballot. Early supporters include The Nature Conservancy, California State Parks Foundation and Save the Redwoods League.
For more information on the proposed ballot measure, please call 818.760.2121.