California’s 280 state parks are managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), but they are loved and coddled by the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF).
In more certain terms, CSPF is a California nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California’s state parks. That includes fundraising, capital projects, lobbying/advocacy, and more. We have over 130,000 members who support our organization and love California state parks as much as we do. We owe our success in supporting state parks to each and every one of them.
Since 1969, we have raised more than $209 million to benefit state parks, because, frankly, California hasn’t given the parks what they need for many, many years. This neglect of the largest state parks system in America has become an increasing problem for the past few years. You can see a timeline of the funding cuts and proposed closures that have happened here.
In light of the challenging landscape of California’s state parks, this blog is meant to be a voice for our parks and for those who cherish them. There are a lot of creative and dedicated people who are doing amazing things worth talking about. This blog will also be a place where we can give a voice to our state parks.
So please check back regularly as we share park stories, recommend advocacy action, report on park news, and curate the many voices that have something to say about state parks.
Speaking of, we’d love to hear from you anytime with comments, suggestions and stories of your own! Let those voices be heard.
For more information about CSPF, or how you can donate or become a member, please visit calparks.org.