California has threatened to close State Parks before due to budget problems, but this is the first time that the plan will be implemented.
On May 13th, the Department of Parks and Recreation put out a list of 70 state parks that will be permanently closed. This is 25% of the State Parks system, and includes Redwood Forests, historic sites, and coastal woodlands. It will result in the loss of about 220 jobs and only save the state $33 million toward a budget shortfall of $15 billion.
Depriving Californians of the beautiful outdoor areas of their state, and limiting tourists from the very areas that attract them in the first place is not the answer to the budget crisis.
Please tell Governor Brown and your state legislators that you staunchly disagree with the plan to close 70 state parks!
I am writing to express my strong opposition to the closing of California's state parks, as announced by the Department of Parks and Recreation in May.
These closures not only affect millions of Californians, but they affect the tourism industry that relies on these parks for draw. This plan is chipping away at the legacy of California, and it is not pretty.
I strongly urge you to roll back these state park closures, in order to keep the beauty and legacy of California intact. Thank you for your time.
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