SPAN supports efforts to protect state parks
SPAN supports efforts to increase public access to state parks
SPAN supports efforts to strengthen and diversify state park funding
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Our 2016 Youth Art Contest is now open! The theme of this year’s contest is ‘”Discover State Parks” and we invite youth ages 4-18 to participate by creating artwork that shares their experiences in state parks and what they have discovered during their visits.read more
The 2015-16 Legislative Session wrapped up on August 31, 2016, with Legislators sending nearly 800 bills to Governor Brown’s desk for final decision. Read our legislative Update to learn about this year’s state parks related legislation.read more
Over 200 photos have been submitted to California State Parks Foundation’s “Discovering CA State Parks” Photo Challenge. Now its time to vote for your favorite image!read more
The Great Places for You and Me Infographic was created as part of our “Great Places” campaign to highlight just a few of the many reasons why California’s state parks play an important role in the lives of Californians. The infographic provides an overview of the state park system, and reasons why state parks are great places for students and teachers, local economies and small business and for your health.read more
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California State Parks in the news…
The pact, announced after the Foothill-Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Board voted 10-2 behind closed doors Thursday, settles lawsuits that sprang from the board’s desire to carve a toll road into previously donated park land—and perilously close to the world famous Trestles surf break.
It’s fair to say that, for the better part of three decades, NRDC has had a difficult relationship with the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) of Orange County, the toll road agency that has been trying for years to build a toll road through the California State Park at San Onofre State Beach.
With that long history in mind, it is extraordinary to announce today a landmark agreement between the TCA, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and a broad coalition of national and local environmental groups, including NRDC. In short, the agreement will protect San Onofre State Beach, the Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy and San Mateo Creek while also allowing for exploration of other transportation solutions for South Orange County.