As the California State Parks Foundation has reported:
"On Monday, June 15th, the Budget Conference Committee voted to eliminate $70 million in General Fund support for the state park system for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. As an additional action, the committee also voted to adopt the State Park Access Pass and develop a dedicated funding source to keep California's state parks open. The State Park Access Pass would institute a $15 surcharge on vehicle license fees of non-commercial vehicles, in order to provide Californians with free day-use access to state parks, and generate much-needed revenues for the state park system."
The legislature has yet to approve the State Park Access Pass program. Aren't the more than 270 state parks in California, protecting over 1.4 million acres of land for outdoor recreation, endangered species habitat and more, easily worth 15 bucks a year?
Take a minute today to tell Governor Schwarzenegger and politicians in Sacramento that you support the new California State Parks funding initiative: http://ga3.org/campaign/budget_spap09. Thank you!
Photo: Elephant seals near Hearst San Simeon State Park (Michael Connolly Jr.)