California State Parks offer free admission on Veterans Day

California State Parks are honoring the services of U.S. veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering free admission to 133 state parks on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. A full list of the participating park units can be found online at parks.ca.gov/VeteransDay2021. To enter the parks for free, a valid military ID or a California driver’s license identifying the individual as a veteran must be shown to park staff. Source Photo Credit

Prescribed burn begins at Wilder Ranch State Park in California

Prescribed burn at Wilder Ranch State Park started October 27 and is expected to continue until November 5, 2021. Around 600 acres will be burned at the park, with multiple trails closed as a result. Prescribed burn is being done to reduce the threat of wildfire in the area. The Santa Cruz County is advising people not to call 911 if they happen to see smoke in the area that is close to this burn site. Prescribed fire operations will last from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Trails that will be closed include Enchanted Loop, Baldwin Loop, Wilder [...]

Monarch butterflies make their way to the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove

Western Monarch butterflies are now making their way to the Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove. They are seeking warmth in the eucalyptus trees in that particular California State Park. Reports say that a total of about 7,199 butterflies were counted so far for this season. The monarch butterfly population is looking good for this year compared to last year's 200. Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove State Park officials are planting more native nectar flowers in their garden in order to provide the Monarch butterflies with a sustainable source of energy. If you’re looking forward to witnessing the sight of these [...]

Redwood National and State Parks are hosting ‘Hike and Bike’ days

Redwood National and State Parks are hosting the “Hike and Bike” days on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This event is scheduled on the first Saturdays of the month, October 2021 through May 2022. During the “Hike and Bike” days, the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway will be closed to motorized vehicles from Friday nights at 5 pm until re-opening on Sunday mornings. Access to the Elk Prairie Campground and Visitor Center will remain open even during the event. Dogs on a leash are also welcome on the parkway, although prohibited on park [...]

Endangered Snowy Plover threatened by removal of fence at Oceano Dunes

The snowy plovers are an endangered species that California wants to protect. They are fenced off at the Oceana Dunes where normally the fence would go up in March and come down on October 1 to protect the birds during the nesting season. It was however voted unanimously by the California Coastal Commission on March 18, 2021, to permanently enclose the area in order to better protect the birds' habitat. However, on October 1, 2021, California State Parks opened the 300-acre area was opened the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area making the birds exposed to the dangers of both [...]

Re-dedication ceremony at Col. Allensworth State Historic Park

A re-dedication ceremony at Col. Allensworth State Historic Park was done last Saturday in California. Busloads of tourists, visitors, and locals went to this popular California state park to celebrate the re-dedication of California's first Black-founded town. This was an important mark to help remember that the town was prosperous until racism caused the African Americans to differ. It's part of American history. Allensworth was a shining example of Black self-sufficiency and properity. Source Photo Credit

Auburn State Recreation Area General Plan to commence despite wildfire concerns

California State Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to adopt a general plan for the Auburn State Recreation Area last week. This will provide a long-term management direction for the 30,000-acre state park. Some of the projects include setting up of 142 additional campsites, new and expanded parking areas, day-use facilities, and other recreational facilities. Other facilities would be developed over time in response to demand, resources, and other considerations. Although wildfires are a major concern, the reality is, so many people are coming in incredible numbers which may make it unamangeable over time so there's definitely a need to [...]

Huntington City beach and other State Park beaches in California still being tested because of Oil Spill

Huntington City beach and other State Park beaches in California are being tested with regards to water quality by a private firm to determine whether it's safe for people to enjoy the ocean again. Beaches from Bosa Chica to Dana point had shut down ocean access including the sand after a massive oil spill sent 131,000 gallons into the ocean, affecting the waterline, and beaches in the area. Last October 7, 2021, some beaches in Dana Point already lifted the restriction but water quality advisories were posted to make people aware of the recent oil spill. Clean up efforts are [...]

2021-10-10T14:58:42+00:00October 9th, 2021|California State Parks News|0 Comments

3 Sierra mountain passes between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park to close Thursday because of winter storm

California highway officials advised that they will be closing three mountain passes near the Nevada line between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park on Thursday. This is because of an expected early winter storm that’s going to bring rain and snow to the Sierra. Temperatures were plunging since Wednesday in Reno and Sierra’s eastern front, way ahead of schedule. Highs were forecast to drop 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit (6-8 Celsius) below normal Thursday through Saturday with weekend lows near and below freezing, the National Weather Service said. “Confidence is increasing in the chances for rain and high elevation snow [...]

Governor Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency To Assist Action towards Oil Spill

Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed earlier a state of emergency in Orange County to support the emergency response to the oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach that originated in an underwater pipeline connected to an oil drilling platform far offshore. The Governor’s commanded the state to deploy personnel from the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to the incident command in Long Beach to closely communicate with the U.S. Coast Guard, local agencies responsible for the cleanup and reduction of the oil spill. Source Photo Credit

2021-10-06T23:46:48+00:00October 6th, 2021|California State Parks News|0 Comments

Mount Diablo State Park turns 100 years old

Everyone is invited to join California State Parks in celebrating Mount Diablo State Park’s 100th year, through the remainder of 2021. A ceremony and a celebration will also be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2021 at Cal State East Bay Concord campus, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. The mountain’s distinctive natural features and picturesque views from the summit that extend over 100 miles in all directions are the reason why this mountain holds a special place in the hearts of the surrounding community and led to it becoming a park in 1921. Since it [...]

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Safety Awareness Week at California State Parks

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) & California State Parks are celebrating the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Safety Awareness Week & they are encouraging the public to support the “Know Before You Go” campaign and Safety Awareness Week happening Oct. 16-24. There will be free safety training classes for recreational off-road vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and dirt bikes on Oct. 16-24. For more information and to register for the free safety training classes, please visit the CORF’s (California Outdoor Recreation Foundation) website. Please note that space is limited. Safety education is essential to the OHV experience and this is why the BLM [...]

2021-10-06T18:48:49+00:00October 6th, 2021|California State Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

Visitors & Locals rejoice as some parts of Lassen Volcanic National Park opens after a long-time closure

After a long-time closure due to wildfires, visitors and locals wasted no time to visit their favorite Lassen National park when it reopened recently. Some parts of the park still remain closed for security purposes but locals are remaining hopeful that all parts of the Park would reopen soon after the park is through with its rehabilitation. Also, the Park officials are looking into post-fire threats such as flash floods and debris flows that might affect the park in case a disaster happens.  Critical natural and cultural resources were also assessed for common problems such as soil erosion, invasive species, [...]

2021-10-06T16:53:57+00:00October 6th, 2021|Lassen National park|0 Comments

Additional $11 Million Grant to Banning Ranch to become a public park

Banning Ranch will soon turn into a public park. The appraised value for the said ranch is $97 million dollars. Since 2016 after its appraisal, fundraising was started with a $50 million donation from philanthropists Frank and Joann Randall. Approximately $16 million came from The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other federal agencies also donated $6 million. Now the latest donation was granted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service equivalent to $11 million, bringing the grand total to $83 million. Now, the organization needs $14 million more to become a public park and has until April [...]

MacArthur Park to close due to homeless encampments

A growing problem of homeless encampments have littered public spaces with drug paraphernalia and human waste have forced to shut down Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park. The so-called "rehabilitation" efforts are unclear whether the latest drive to clean up Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park will be met with similar dispute seen across the city in the last months where protesters blocked city crews trying to clear a homeless encampment in Echo Park last March, in where dozens were arrested. In contrast to what’s happening on the other side in Venice beach where a "safe camping" program was launch to protect tents from [...]

Rededication festival for Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park and the Friends of Allensworth will commemorate a Rededication Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. For this event, 20 of the historic building will be opened to the public and the docents will be dressed in turn-of-the-20th-century fashion while providing tours and living history demonstrations. The event will also have horse and buggy rides, live musical entertainment, home tours, and food vendors of all kinds. This event will be filled with a family-friendly celebration, education, and fun. This state park’s history goes way back to 1908 when retired Colonel Allen [...]

Yurok Tribe successfully restores the Sue-Meg State Park’s Name

Yurok Tribal members are rejoicing after the California State Parks Commission approved their request of changing Patrick's Point State Park to its original name. Now, the park is called Sue-Meg State Park. The State Park was named after Patrick Beegan in the mid-1800s, he was a homesteader accused of violence against Native Americans. It was due to this that the Yurok Tribe requested to revert the state park to its original name. They found it disturbing to visit a state park that's using the name of a man who murdered their tribe members. Aside from this, the Sue Meg village [...]

Controversial Campsite Expansion At Auburn State Recreation Area Gets Unanimous Approval

Due to concerns of increased wildfire risk, many people are expressing their discontentment about the approval of the Campsite Expansion At Auburn State Recreation Area. Because of an increase in the campsite area, the wildfire incidents may shoot up. Alexandra Stehl, planning chief officer for California State Parks defended the campsite expansion and mentioned that the higher fire risk was due to illegal camping. If there were more legal campsites where people are bound to follow rules and regulations, there would be less incidents of accidental fires. There are no news yet about the start of building, as well as [...]

Free State Park passes for 4th Graders and family

Thanks to the partnership of First Partner’s Office and the Natural Resources Agency which created this new pilot program “The California State Park Adventure Pass”, fourth graders and their families can now visit California State Parks for free for an entire year. Below are the parks included in the Adventure Pass: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Calaveras Big Trees State Park (Arnold) California Citrus State Historic Park (Riverside) California State Railroad Museum (Sacramento) Chino Hills State Park (Chino Hills) Clear Lake State Park (Kelseyville) Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (Earlimart) Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Julian) Empire Mine State Historic Park (Grass [...]

California issues $1 million budget for Garrapata State Park

A state budget of $1 million was allocated for the development of Garrapata State Park earlier this month. According to Sen. John Laird’s office, the funding will go towards the improvement of the park’s trail system, restoration of habitats, archaeological sites, and construction of the park’s much-needed permanent restroom and an additional portable restroom. The funds will be subsidizing the Coastal Habitat Restoration and Trail Improvement Management Plan issued by the California Department of Parks and Recreation for the ongoing rehabilitation and restoration projects along the shoreline and coastal bluffs of the west side of Highway 1. Garrapata State Park [...]

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