On June 5, 2018, voters will have the opportunity to pass Prop 68, authorizing $4.1 billion in bond funding for parks, natural resource protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply, and flood protection. If approved by voters in June, the measure would enable the League to continue protecting and stewarding our beautiful redwood forests, while enhancing the visitor experience in our redwood parks and reserves. Projects like McApin Ranch and Redwoods Rising would benefit directly from the bond funding.
Prop 68 was authored by California Senate Pro Tem, Kevin de León, and passed by the state legislature with strong bipartisan support. As the bond measure was being written by state lawmakers, the League worked hard with advocates and stakeholders to ensure that funding to protect, restore, and connect people to our redwood forests was a priority.
“Proposition 68 would help us protect more coast redwoods and giant sequoia groves, restore our redwoods forests so they are climate and fire resilient, and connect California’s growing, diverse communities to our redwood parks,” says Shelana deSilva, the League’s director of government affairs and public funding. “This bond is the first-ever bond measure in California to prioritize social equity, stating that access to parks and open space, along with clean, reliable drinking water resources, are a right for all Californians. We at the League agree.”
California is facing frequent and severe droughts and the impacts of climate change. In the absence of federal leadership on these issues, it’s important for Californians to protect our natural resources and lead the way toward a resilient future. Now more than ever, we must work to protect our public lands, working forests and farms, and drinking water supplies, so that every Californian has access to clean water and safe, beautiful places to play and recreate outside.
Take Action Today!
Here are five simple ways you can help:
- Learn more: Visit the YES on Prop 68 website.
- Spread the word: Use the hashtags #YesOn68 and #Stand4Redwoods and follow @YesCA68 on Facebook and Twitter.
- Vote: Check that you are registered to vote or find your polling place. If you are not registered, be sure to sign up before the May 21 deadline! You can also request a mail-in ballot, and be sure to submit your request by the May 29 deadline.
- Stay informed: Sign up to receive email from the League to get up-to-date news about Prop 68.
- Donate: Stand for the redwoods today and make a gift to the League.