Election Results: #YesOn68 Means Clean Water and Safe Parks for All!

On June 5, Californians passed Proposition 68, the Clean Water and Safe Parks Act of 2018, with 56 percent of the vote, signaling strong support for making investments in our state’s water, parks, and natural resources. California voters made history by approving this funding measure that focuses squarely on fighting climate change, ensuring equal access to parks and open space throughout our state, and addressing the threats of drought, wildfire, and flood.

With Prop 68 passed, Save the Redwoods League will be able to improve existing redwood parks and reserves, making them more accessible and more resilient to a changing climate. We will also be able to protect the redwood forest footprint from the threats of conversion, development, and wildfire. To see just how Prop 68 will help the League protect and restore publicly accessible redwood forests, check out this Redwoods Rising video and learn more about this collaborative work to restore the historically logged forest within Redwood National and State Parks.

The League is thankful for our broad, bipartisan coalition that helped make this ballot measure a success, and we know that this victory is only possible because of the hard work of you, our supporters and volunteers.

We’re grateful to the California State Legislature, led by Senator Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, who along with Governor Jerry Brown, placed this critical general obligation bond on the ballot.

Yes on Prop 68 is a coalition of partners who came together to ensure this historic victory for California’s water, parks and natural resources:

The Nature Conservancy
Fund for a Better Future
Peninsula Open Space Trust
The Trust for Public Land
Conservation Action Fund
Sempervirens Fund
California State Parks Foundation
Audubon California
California Parks & Recreation Society
Environment California
The Escondido Creek Conservancy
Fresno Building Healthy Communities
League to Save Lake Tahoe
Los Angeles Neighborhood Trust
The Wilderness Society
Nature for All
Big Sur Land Trust
Regional Parks Foundation
Save Mount Diablo
Save the Redwoods League
Sierra Business Council
Sonoma Land Trust
Wildlands Conservancy
Environmental Defense Fund

In addition to major support from national, statewide, and local conservation and recreation leaders and advocates, Prop 68 earned endorsements from the California Professional Firefighters, Association of California Water Agencies, American Lung Association in California, California Labor Federation, League of California Cities, California Chamber of Commerce, California Democratic Party, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, California State Parks Foundation, Southern California Water Coalition, TreePeople, Audubon California, Council of Mexican Federations, California Federation of Teachers, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Heal the Bay, Clean Water Action, and many, many more.

On behalf of Save the Redwoods League and the future generations of Californians, we owe our supportive lawmakers, partners, and each of you a debt of gratitude for making this possible. For more information on the initiative, please visit our Prop 68 campaign website, or explore the bond’s investment priorities.

Learn more about our work and how the League will be directing Prop 68 investments throughout the redwood range.

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