By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 6:02 am in Parks.
NONPROFIT LAUNCHES ‘DEFEND WHAT’S YOURS’ PSAs TO HELP STOP STATE PARK CLOSURES
California State Parks Foundation releases stunning videos to inform Californians of park closures, encourage them to defend their parks
About State Park Closures
Years of budget reductions to California state parks have forced partial closures and severe service reductions across the 278-unit park system. Cuts enacted in the Fiscal Year 2011-12 state budget include an $11 million cut that was increased to a $22 million cut starting in Fiscal Year 2012-13 and will continue through future budget years. These cuts enacted by Gov. Brown and the Legislature are forcing the state to close 70 out of 278 California state parks by July 1, 2012, at the height of the summer season. Additionally, his 2012-13 state budget could eliminate all seasonal lifeguards and 20 percent of ranger positions in state parks, if Californians don’t pass the governor’s proposed revenue package slated for the November ballot.
SAN FRANCISCO — “California state parks belong to you, but not for long. Six months from now 25 percent of your parks will be closed unless you step up to defend them.”
The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is taking this message to the public by launching a series of television public service announcements (PSAs) that will air statewide with the tagline Defend What’s Yours http://calparks.org/defend/?s_src=Vocus. The new public awareness effort aims to empower citizen action and mobilize grassroots support to save the nation’s biggest and best state park system.
Check it out … and then if you care about your State Parks … defend what’s yours! /Gary