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Credit: California State Parks Foundation
Credit: California State Parks Foundation

A new video (below), “California’s Redwood State Parks, Nature’s Cathedrals” features two scientists of the Save the Redwoods League Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative.

The scientists, Healy Hamilton and Todd Dawson, stroll in Samuel P. Taylor State Park and talk about the value of redwood parks. The park was on the closure list because of state budget cuts, but the National Park Service will operate the park for at least the next year.

A League partner, California State Parks Foundation, produced the video as part of The Magnificent 70. This project celebrates the 70 California state parks that are slated to close and reminds viewers what will be lost if they are shuttered.



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New Law to Benefit State Parks on Closure List

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