The budget committee voted to remove General Fund support for state parks. Yikes!
That means that incredible lands like the photo shown above may be closed to public access which deprives us all of two benefits: 1. Access to affordable, wholesome, uplifting fun at a time when families may not afford other recreation and 2. Erodes the protected status of these precious open spaces.
The good news is that there is an alternative to sitting back and letting our wild lands be taken from us (and I fear eventually turned into some form of development):
The budget committe also voted to recommend a new State Park Access Pass which would give a year’s unlimited access to state parks for $15 per vehicle — an outstanding deal! This proposal needs to pass a final vote of state legislature. Please nudge your representative – click here for an automated form.
Then reward yourself by visualizing your last fun trip to a CA state park…either hiking, camping, or maybe a beach. Better yet, treat yourself to a visit to a state park this weekend. 🙂
(Photo Credit: Montana de Oro State Park – California Poppy by docentjoyce)