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National Parks Should Open Their Trails to Corporate Funders

Joe Waters | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

These popular places are a national treasure, but government funding is bottoming out. They need to diversify to raise more money.

70 State Parks Closing Due To Budget Cuts

AOL Travel News | Posted 10.02.2011 | Travel

Several states struggling to fight budget shortfalls are announcing plans to shutter parks, recreation areas and reserves in an effort to save a littl...

State Parks Face Closure -- Is Yours On The List?

TreeHugger | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green

The United States is home to 6,624 state parks and has an annual attendance of over 700 million. Yet state parks are being threatened by budget cuts a...

Ramirez Canyon Blues: Yet Another Fight to Preserve Public Access in Malibu

John Mirisch | Posted 08.02.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

While Gov. Brown rightly recognized the long-term negative impacts of Schwarzenegger's proposed selling off of state assets, his most recent budget proposal proposes to sell off state-owned parkland.

PHOTOS: 9 Places To Spot California Sea Lions And Seals

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

By Megan Cytron With a population of 238,000, there are enough California sea lions to populate a slippery city the size of Scottsdale, Arizona. Cali...

169 Ways To Tackle California's State Parks

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

While America's national parks get the full Ken-Burns treatment, state parks protect vast swaths of the country's natural and historic treasures witho...

PHOTOS: California Filming Locations: 10 Cinematic Getaways

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of By Megan Cytron All well-orchestrated weekend getaways deliver a therapeutic dose of fantasy. In California, a qui...

Colorado State Parks Board Creates Ranking System Of Parks For Potential Closures

The Denver Post | Bruce Finley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Overseers of Colorado's 42-park system on Thursday unveiled park rankings, as a possible basis for closures if budget cuts force drastic measures. ...

Arizona, California, Missouri and North Dakota Voters: Animals Need You

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The next few hours are critical for the future welfare of countless hundreds of thousands of animals -- from dogs to wildlife. Please join me in the w...

Four Votes for Animals, Four Final Days to Spread the Word

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

With just four days until the election, we're in a last push with coalition partners to spread our critical message to voters in Arizona, California, ...

Please Vote for Clean Air and State Parks

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Terry Gardner

Prop 21 creates a stable source of funding to maintain California's state parks by adding a new $18 fee to California vehicle registrations.

Developer Thomas Chapman Profits By Threatening Prime Park Land, Now Challenges Obama

Wall Street Journal | STEPHANIE SIMON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On behalf of his clients or his business partners, [Thomas Chapman] talks up plans to develop the parcels: a subdivision at a scenic overlook, an RV p...

America's Parks: The Original Social Network

Joe Elton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joe Elton

The tragic truth is that within the past year, shrinking state budgets have put our parks on the defensive nationwide, requiring them to face painful budget cuts and closure.

Closed for Business: What Park Closures Mean for our Cities, Neighborhoods, and Children

Darell Hammond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darell Hammond

A single park closure can launch a vicious cycle that changes the entire character of a neighborhood. It can also lower property values and deter tourists.

Smoking Ban In California State Parks Under Consideration

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An attempt by the California Legislature to impose what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in sta...

No Trespassing: The Importance of State Parks

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Cunningham

Paterson proposes closure of 41 parks and 14 historic sites. If we lose our public land, we all become trespassers, except for the wealthy.

Arizona Republicans Reappropriate $250,000 Inheritance Meant For State Parks

Chad Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chad Campbell

Throughout 2009, Arizona's majority-party Republicans cut our state government into oblivion, slicing away at public schools and critical services for vulnerable residents.

State Parks To Remain Fully Open, Thanks To Friendly Feds

Zev Yaroslavsky | Zev Yaroslavsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The National Parks Service has come to the rescue of the highly popular state parks in the Santa Monica Mountains, providing a grant of $939,169 to av...

In a State of Crisis: Californians Must Save Our State Parks

Tracy Hepler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tracy Hepler

While it is clear that fiscal restraint is needed in California, closing the state parks should not be a way of achieving it.