Save the Redwoods League and partners filed language on November 3, 2009, to put a measure on the 2010 ballot that would ensure stable funding and protect wildlife in our chronically underfunded California state parks.
Please help us gather signatures and show your support for this measure, the California State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010.
A History of Underfunded State Parks in Need
As you may know, funding for state parks has declined dramatically over the past two decades despite increased demand. Twice in the past two years, our state parks – many of which are redwood parks that our members helped create – were on the brink of closure. Only a last-minute budget reprieve kept them partially open. Nearly 60 state parks will be shut down part-time or their hours of operation reduced because of this year’s budget cuts. More closure proposals and budget cuts are expected next year.
California’s parks are becoming less available to the public and they are in dire need of backlogged maintenance and repairs. In response, Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks Foundation and The Nature Conservancy prepared the statewide ballot measure. If passed by voters, the Act will provide a stable, reliable and adequate source of funding for the state park system and wildlife conservation, along with increased and equitable access to those resources for all Californians.
A Way to Save Our Priceless Parks
The California State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act would be funded by part of the annual vehicle license fee for all California cars, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. Vehicles subject to the surcharge and all occupants of those vehicles would have free day-use admission to all state parks throughout the year by showing a State Parks Access Pass.
In the coming months, there will be many ways to support this effort. Now we’re organizing volunteers to gather about 700,000 Californians’ signatures by April 16, 2010, to help qualify the initiative for the November ballot. Please help us by volunteering to gather signatures in your community. We’re currently holding organizing meetings, so check the schedule below. Signature gatherers will work in groups, so you’ll always have a fellow park advocate with you.
Volunteer Workshop Schedule:
- Check out the full schedule of training sessions that are currently underway
- Training sessions will continue to be added to the schedule
We also need to show legislators how many of you support this act. Please complete and submit this endorsement form if you are an individual, or this organization endorsement form if you represent an institution.
Take a look at the full list of organizations supporting this initiative.
You have helped build these state parks. Let’s work together to ensure their long-term viability and protection for everybody’s enjoyment.
Thank you for your support & don’t forget to check this page for updates.