Thankful for State Parks

This Thanksgiving, we are feeling thankful for state parks. And thankfully there has been a lot of positive park news this week. Here’s a recap:


As mentioned in last week’s post, we are very excited about “The First 70” documentary by Heath Hen Films. Now you can, if you so choose, lend your support by pledging to back the film on Kickstarter. As they explain on the site, “Parks are closing across the nation and we are devoted to the cause, please lend your support to help us showcase these beautiful places. With enough backing beyond the target, this film could get big enough to really make a difference in California and across the country.” Show them some love!


The restoration of the Fresnel Lens at Pigeon Point is well under way. Paul Rogers of the San Jose Mercury News came out to report on the progress. His story ran Monday: Let there be light: Restoration finally begins at Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

For fun, check out the time lapse video of the lens coming down, and the lens going back together!


The editorial staff at the San Francisco Chronicle took up the state parks issue in an excellent editorial on Monday: State’s parks – action needed now to save them.


Yesterday’s press event at Candlestick, which invited media to cover the releasing of tidal waters into the new Yosemite Slough Wetlands, was very successful (and very muddy). The release of the tidal waters was covered by KTVU, KGO, KQED, KCBS, and San Francisco Chronicle. Chronicle article here: Candlestick Point wetland reclaimed as key habitat.


Finally, CSPF staff members shared why they are thankful for state parks this year. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Let us know what YOU are thankful for in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Films for State Parks

We are always amazed by the artists out there who use their personal craft and talent to focus on California state parks. As of late there have been some busy filmmakers around the state making incredible state park documentaries.

We’ve mentioned before a documentary called “The First 70” in the works by Heath Hen Films. Three young filmmakers have taken to the road in a really cool bus to visit all 70 state parks and shoot footage for a documentary. Much to our excitement, they have just debuted their trailer, and it is amazing.

We can’t wait to see the full film. To follow the travels of the Heath Hen Films folks, visit their Facebook page and give them a like.

But that’s not all! Another documentary called “California Forever: The Story of California State Parks” by Backcountry Pictures has wrapped up post-production. This feature-length film highlights the history of California State Parks through an inspiring account of the struggles and achievements that built our State Park system. Another amazing trailer for your viewing pleasure:

CSPF has been involved with this multi-year film project and we know the final product is going to be amazing! It will air on KQED next year.

We are excited that both of these filmmakers have been invited to show some of their work at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA January 13-15. There will also be a film about saving Mono Lake (state park connection!), as well as over a hundred other outdoor films.  A full listing of all the films and their descriptions will be posted on the Wild & Scenic website in early December. Maybe we’ll see you there!