Sunday, August 2, 2009

California State Parks Budget Slashed, Again

Just when Californians thought they could breathe easy again, Governor Schwarzenegger decided to cut another whopping $6.2 million from the annual budget that funds California State Parks. That's on top of the $8 million that state legislators had already agreed to take away.

As reported by San Luis Obispo's Tribune, California State Parks won't announce its list of closures until after Labor Day. But the California State Parks Foundation speculates that as many as 100 state parks will close -- that's over one third of the entire system. So, what's the good news? Absolutely nothing. In fact, state park budget cuts could be even bigger next year.

To sign the petition to stop the closures, click here. For updates, click to Save Our State Parks. And of course, get out and visit those parks -- while you still can.

Photo: Hearst San Simeon State Park (Michael Connolly Jr.)

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