5 things you can do in 5 minutes to save CA State Parks
1) Write a form letter to Jerry Brown, asking him to approve AB42.
2) Get the word out. Share this message on Facebook.
3) Keep it front of everyone’s faces. Retweet this message.
4) Share your experience. Send Folk4Parks your photos and stories from CA State Parks. We’ll post them on our blog.
5) Volunteer at a local park. Click here to find a non-profit group near you.
6). BONUS! Donate directly to a CA State Park here:
7). BONUS #2! Buy a limited edition park poster here:
A Short Message on the Importance of Public Involvement and California’s Legacy
Long before Muir walked with Roosevelt in Yosemite Valley, the idea of setting aside natural spaces had been done in many other countries. However, these preserves were either explicitly kept for royalty and the upper class, or they were simply so inaccessible that only the rich had time and resources to access these places.
175 years ago, the California State Park system was started not only to preserve natural and cultural history, but to create an infrastructure and resources that would provide access to these places for all citizens. We take for granted that it isn’t a grand and expensive venture to get from Modesto to Yosemite, but around the time of the Civil War, these places were completely inaccessible for most citizens.
The notion of making parks public is a wholly American idea. In fact, it is truly a Californian idea, started in Yosemite, and galvanized in our state’s ethos by the great thinkers of the mid-1800′s like Muir and Olmstead. The choice to set aside land for all to enjoy is certainly the purest of democratic principles.
Now, California is in danger of losing it’s legacy of public parks. These are your parks. Don’t let park closures happen on your watch.