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Grizzly Creek State Park. © 2010, California State Parks. Photo by Brian Baer

California Park Organizations Invite You to Skip the Lines and Go Green on Black Friday

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Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks and the California State Parks Foundation have collaborated to create #GreenFriday, a new Thanksgiving tradition that promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of California’s magnificent state parks. Thanks to the support of members and donors from Save the Redwoods League and the California State Park Foundation, more than 13,000 free vehicle day-use passes will be available to visitors for use at one of the 116 participating state parks. The passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and cover day-use admission and parking fees. Learn more and get your pass today!

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New California State Parks Director, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), left, continues his organization's 90-year relationship with the League. He's pictured here with Jim Larson, League Board of Directors President.

New Parks Leader Committed to State’s Treasures

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Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks have worked together to protect parklands for some 90 years. So it’s not too surprising that the new California State Parks Director, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), lunched with the Save the Redwoods League Council on his third week on the job. In our exclusive profile, he said he’s committed to preserving the state’s natural resources. These resources include the redwood forests, in which you have invested through your generous League gifts.

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Your donations helped protect Hendy Woods State Park's magical ancient forest (pictured) by keeping the park open and by securing matching funds to repair water lines there.

Your Gifts Secure Match for Park Improvements

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Your generous donations recently helped obtain matching funds for essential operating expenses and infrastructure projects at three amazing redwood parks that faced closure: Portola Redwoods, Hendy Woods and Standish-Hickey. Totaling $130,000, your gifts helped cover operational shortfalls and plans for improvements of septic systems, campsites, shelters, bridges and more. Now these parks will receive more than $1 million from the State Parks and Recreation Fund and matching funds from California Assembly Bill 1478. Thank you! Learn more about how you’re making a difference.

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Portola Redwoods State Park. Photo by vrkrebs, Flickr Creative Commons

The Latest on Hidden State Parks Funds

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Many of you have asked us about the alleged hiding of $54 million by a California State Parks (CSP) official. The news came last month as 70 parks face closure because of the state’s budget crisis. We will continue to work with California State Parks to make the park system viable because CSP takes care of most of the redwood forestland you and Save the Redwoods League have protected. Redwoods are innocent bystanders in this crisis, and they need our continued help. See answers to your questions.

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Tiptoe Falls is a treasure in Portola Redwoods State Park. Portola is among the parks on the closure list that we need your help to keep open for the next year and beyond.

Last-Minute Reprieve Keeps Parks Open, for Now

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The California Legislature has transferred funds that-when combined with operating and donor agreements developed by local nonprofits – will ensure most state parks stay open for a year. The deal includes the 16 redwoods state parks scheduled to close this month because of the state’s budget crisis. Mill Creek forest in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park will remain open on the weekends as well. Meanwhile, Save the Redwoods League is helping to keep Portola, Grizzly Creek and Hendy Woods redwoods state parks open while developing long-term solutions. You can help!

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Portola Redwoods State Park is home to some of the tallest, most majestic redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Portola Redwoods State Park to Remain Open

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 22, 2012) – With park closures looming, three leading bay area conservation organizations – Peninsula Open Space Trust, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and Save the Redwoods League – have joined forces to help keep Portola Redwoods State Park open. This temporary reprieve will allow the park to remain open for the next 12 months while the nonprofits will work with California State Parks to develop a long-term solution and plan that would set Portola Redwoods on a path towards sustainability and excellence. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to protect some of the tallest, most majestic redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains for all park enthusiasts to experience and enjoy. View and download the full press release.

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Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is among the parks on the closure list that we need your help to keep open for all to enjoy. Photo by pellaea, Flickr Creative Commons

You Can Help Keep Parks on Closure List Running

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For generations, visitors have relished the seclusion of the ancient redwood forest and the swimmer’s delight, the Van Duzen River, in Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park. The park’s skyscraping trees are so stunning that they are featured in the film, Return of the Jedi. Grizzly Creek was among 16 redwood state parks scheduled to close this summer because of devastating state budget cuts. But now Save the Redwoods League is partnering to keep Grizzly Creek and Hendy Woods open for the next year. See how you can help.

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Photo by Save the Redwoods League

More Screenings of Films about State Parks

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Keep up on the effort to save many California State Parks, including redwood parks, from closure by viewing The First 70, a short film about Californians uniting to develop solutions to the parks crisis. Another film, California Forever, The Story of California State Parks, is a documentary celebrating California’s state parks (see the trailer). See where The First 70 and California Forever are showing this month.

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Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Videos, Films Support State Parks Facing Closure

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Keep up on the effort to save nearly 70 California State Parks, including redwood parks, from closure by watching these recently created videos and movies. Forward them to friends: public service announcements by our partner, California State Parks Foundation; The First 70, a short film about Californians uniting to develop solutions to the parks crisis; and California Forever, The Story of California State Parks, a documentary celebrating California’s state parks, showing at select events. Learn more about California Forever.

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