• Safeguard Resources

California’s state parks contain an amazing diversity of natural wonders and cultural and historic treasures. It is our responsibility to safeguard and preserve these priceless resources for generations to come.

2016 Grant Awardees

Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association
for Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Bodie State Historic Park

Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association will purchase two Global Positioning System (GPS) units to preserve Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Bodie State Historic Park for future generations to come. Through mapping of park boundaries, exotic and/or invasive species, critical wetland habitats, bird nesting areas and archeological artifacts, valuable information will be available to assist with the long term resource protection of these parks.

"We are excited to receive funding to purchase these GPS units. They will enable us to do a never before completed exotic species assessment of state park lands within the State Natural Reserve in the Mono Basin. We simply cannot do this work at the present time with available resources."
- Dave Marquart, State Park Interpreter, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Photo: Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©Steve Albano

Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers
for Emma Wood State Beach

Connecting the next generation stewards to the outdoors and state parks through park restoration, Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers with local partners is completing the restoration of the Lower Ventura River along the southern edge of Emma Wood State Beach. This project will engage low-income local youth employees and community volunteers in the stewardship of a healthy watershed.

The CREW is delighted to receive this grant from the California State Parks Foundation for continuing work along the Ventura River at Emma Wood State Beach. The use of this grant will enable us to restore a greenbelt and trail network that will reconnect the west side community of Ventura to open space along the lower Ventura River and the ephemeral trails of Emma Wood.
-William Murphy, Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers Executive Director

Photo: Emma Wood State Beach ©Steve Sieren

English ivy over taking the forest floor and climbing up the trees at Trinidad State Beach. With this funding English ivy on the trees will be removed and native plants will be able to reclaim the forest floor

Trinidad State Beach

English ivy have infested the forests at Trinidad State Beach. Preservation of this park will be achieved with education of the local community of the impacts of invasive, non-native plants and removal of non-native species at organized volunteer restoration where English ivy will be removed by volunteers and the California Conservation Corp.

2015 Grant Awardees

Amigos de Bolsa Chica
Native plant garden upgrades with water efficient and native plants
State Park(s): Bolsa Chica State Beach

California Department of Parks and Recreation: Mount Diablo State Park
Identification of protected plant species and development of a plant types and locations log
State Park(s): Mount Diablo State Park

Citizens for East Shore Parks
Wildlife monitoring project at Albany Bulb
State Park(s): McLaughlin Eastshore State Park

Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Educational and interpretive public events and restoration of habitat with school and community groups
State Park(s): Moss Landing State Beach

Orange County Coastkeeper
Orange County coastal cleanup day
State Park(s): Huntington State Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, Doheny State Beach, Corona del Mar State Beach, San Clemente State Beach

Portola and Castle Rock Foundation
Graffiti removal
State Park(s): Castle Rock State Park

California State Parks Foundation

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