We also encourage our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts.
CSPF encourages our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts to advance our mission of protecting and enhancing the California state parks system.
Each year over 100 park advocates from throughout California participate in Park Advocacy Day to meet with legislators and lobby in support of California’s 279 state parks.
By participating in Park Advocacy Day, you’ll help send a powerful message to policymakers that California’s state parks are important places that need to be protected. Your knowledge and first-hand experience will be imperative as we work to make this the most successful Park Advocacy Day yet!
Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and affiliations, and typically include representatives of environmental, recreational and other state park related nonprofit organizations and state park cooperating associations, as well as local business leaders, educators, park volunteers, and state park users.
Planning for the 14th Annual Park Advocacy Day is underway. More details to come.
For more information about CSPF’s advocacy work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Sacramento office at 916-442-2119
In 2008, California’s state parks faced the first threat of park closures due to budget reductions. In the wake of this announcement, CSPF started the Save Our State Parks Campaign as a way to mobilize park partner organization and individuals across the state in our efforts to keep parks open.
From 2008-2013, the SOS Campaign worked against multiple park closure proposals, threats to eliminate lifeguards from state beaches and a barrage of other challenges.
Over the course of the campaign, over 300 entities officially endorsed the campaign, including Chambers of Commerce, Visitor/Convention Bureau, companies, state park cooperating associations and nonprofits organizations.
Here are just a few examples of SOS Campaign activities:
Closing Parks is Bad for Business
In 2011, CSPF worked with the California Travel Association and SOS Campaign partners to distribute 11x17 “Closing Parks is Bad for Business” placards. We encouraged businesses to display the placards in store windows, cash registers and other public areas. Within 2 weeks of starting the campaign CSPF had distributed over 500 placards to locations throughout California.
Don’t let State Parks Become Just a Memory
In 2011, SOS Campaign partners helped send a powerful message to Governor Brown by collecting thousands of signatures and messages opposing park closures on giant postcards during events and in their communities during a one-month period. Each postcard was over 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Park supporters marched from the Stanford mansion State Historic Park to the State Capitol, where we held a rally and delivered nearly 200 of the postcards to the Governor.
2009 SOS Expo at the Capitol
On June 21, 2009, over 100 Save Our State Parks Campaign partners joined CSPF in Sacramento for a rally and expo on the lawn of the State Capitol. This event highlighted the cultural and natural resources at risk with the planned park closures. It also drew attention to the impacts that closing state parks will have on the communities where these parks are located.
The State Park Action Network (SPAN) is a grassroots coalition of organizations, business leaders, individuals and local governments who envision a brighter future for each of California’s 279 state parks. Led by the California State Parks Foundation, SPAN unifies the hundreds of entities throughout the state to advocate for a healthy and sustainable state park system.
If you are interested in becoming involved in SPAN, please contact email@example.com or call our Sacramento office at 916-442-2119
In addition to sponsoring legislation, CSPF also maintains regular communication with key policy committee members and provides testimony to legislative hearings and coordinates with other like-minded organizations on policy priorities.
SB 1386 (Wolk): Natural and working lands
Status: Passed by Senate and Assembly – Awaiting Action by Governor
This bill declares it to be state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is an important strategy to meet California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals. If signed, SB 1386 will ensure that this important strategy remains a key part of California’s emission reduction efforts and will better enable investment in carbon sequestration projects on natural and working lands. The bill will also provide important additional public benefits such as the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat, parks and open space; recreational and economic opportunities; production of food and fiber; improvement of air and water quality; and flood protection.
AB 2444 (E. Garcia) California Parks, Water, Climate, and Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act
Status: Did not pass out of the Legislature
This bill would have placed the California Parks, Water, Climate, and Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act (AKA, the Parks Bond) of over $3 billion on the ballot. Originally intended for the November 2016 ballot, over the summer the bond was amended to be placed on the June 2018 ballot.
Ultimately, AB 2444 did not move forward. Assemblymember Garcia has indicated that he will bring back efforts in the 2017-18 legislative session, and we are looking forward to working with him to move the bill forward.
AB 1972 (Chau) Disabled Veterans Park Access
Status: Did not pass out of the Legislature
This bill intended to clarify that veterans who are disabled as a result of their military service – whether in wartime or not – should be eligible to receive the existing lifetime Distinguished Veteran Pass offered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). This bill did not pass out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Eligible veterans can still obtain the Distinguished Veteran Pass from DPR. The Distinguished Veteran Pass is available to honorably discharged war-time veterans, as defined, who are residents of California and submit proof that they have a 50% or greater service-connected disability, were a prisoner of war, or received a Medal of Honor. The free park pass entitles the holder to use all the basic facilities, including day use, camping and boating, at no charge. More information and an application can be found on the DPR website. Link: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27241
For more information about CSPF’s year-round advocacy efforts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SB 317 (De Leon) The Safe Neighborhood Parks, Rivers, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2016
CSPF worked with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to support Senate Bill 317, a $2.45 billion bond proposal, titled the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Rivers, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2016. The bond includes include funding to California’s state parks system, as well as regional and local parks, rivers, lakes streams, coast and ocean protection and climate resilience. SB 317 includes $200 million for restoration & preservation of existing state park facilities and units and $50 million for enterprise activities in state parks that increase revenue generation. This bill has an urgency clause which requires a 2/3 vote and therefore bipartisan support. As of the end of the session, there were not Senate Republicans that indicated their support for advancing a bond through the legislative process, so the bill did not get taken up for a vote on the Senate Floor. CSPF will be working with the author and supporters on the bill to advance it in 2016.
View the bill here.
STATUS: 9/11/2015 Ordered to Inactive file on request of Senator Mitchell
SB 204 (Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills)) State Parks
SB 204 advances ideas related to the February 2015 Parks Forward Commission Report and the current work of DPR’s Transformation Team. It removes the 2017 sunset on DPR’s authority to enter into operating agreements with nonprofits, which came from legislation originally written and sponsored by CSPF in 2011. SB 204 also gives DPR authority to enter into new agreements with youth-serving public agencies or nonprofit organizations to perform work in state parks, with the goal of providing youth with service and learning opportunities.
View the bill here.
STATUS: 10/7/15 Signed by Governor Brown
The Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) budget is primarily comprised of General Fund appropriations, funds from the State Parks and Recreation Fund (SPRF), special funds and, when available, bond funds. Revenues in the SPRF are derived largely from user fees collected throughout the state park system, such as fees for day-use admission or parking, overnight camping or boating. Bond funds are available to the Department of Parks and Recreation as a result of voter-passed bonds, the most recent being Propositions 12, 40, 50 and 84.
As reported from the State Department of Finance:
The California Department of Parks and Recreation operates the state’s park system to preserve and protect the State’s most values natural, cultural and historical resources. Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision includes total funding of $553.3 million ($115.9 million General Fund and $436.4 million other funds) to support the Department. The current budget for the Department of Parks and Recreation can be found here.