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Parks funding slashed, replacement source on the table

June 15th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterIn a high stakes two-part move today, the state legislature’s Budget Conference Committee voted to take two steps on funding for the State Park system.

First, disaster! The Budget Committee concurred with the Governor and cut all general funding for California State Parks. As outlined in the Governor’s proposal, this would close 80% of the system, but …

Second, recovery–maybe. The Budget Committee approved, on a divided vote, enactment of a replacement funding source: direct funding from … more »

~~~ ACTION ALERT ~~~ Mono Lake, Bodie State Parks proposed for closure

June 15th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterMono Lake, Bodie–and indeed 80% of all State Parks–are threatened with closure in the current California budget crisis.

This dramatic and unnecessary action would undermine Mono Lake’s protection, shutter Bodie, damage the tourism-based economy of Mono County, and reduce state revenues.

A replacement source of funding that would keep the State Park system operating is now under negotiation. Your letter of support for the State Park system will make a difference!

Sunset with California Gulls

June 14th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
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I love the fact that even after 12 years of living at Mono Lake I still see new and amazing things. This time it was a sunset from the northwest corner of the lake. Light was beaming down out of Lundy Canyon, out across the lake, and into the millions of shades of blue of the stormy … more »

Budget Committee debates State Parks future, leaves question open

June 11th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterDiscussion and debate occurred this afternoon in Sacramento on the budget proposal to close 80% of California’s State Parks. Several ideas were explored, including linking vehicle license fee revenue to parks operation.

Further information was requested by the Budget Conference Committee. As a result, the matter, and the future of the parks, remains open. We’ll post additional details when they are available.

New CSU study illuminates economic benefits of State Parks

June 10th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterA study just released by California State University, Sacramento shows that State Park visitors spend about $4.32 billion annually during their park visits. Out-of-state visitors account for about 12% of total park visits (no doubt higher in Mono County) and spend … more »

Local Eastern Sierra Academy ranked among nation’s best

June 9th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Congratulations to our friends at the Eastern Sierra Academy in Bridgeport! They ranked #132 among the nation’s top 1,500 public high schools in Newsweek magazine’s annual review, just out today.

The Academy has made the top schools list every year since 2002, when the ranking first came out.

We had time to meet many of this year’s students during … more »

Save parks, but what about the state budget?

June 9th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterWe’re sure that keeping state parks open makes fundamental economic sense for both local business and state revenue. But what about the state budget? How can the budget be balanced?

Here’s a way you can make a go at it yourself: try out the L. A. Times “California budget balancer.” The interactive page lets you try out different program cuts and revenue sources and tallies up the results.

Los Angeles Times California budget balancer

Fox Sparrow

June 9th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: June 7th, 2009

A Fox Sparrow sang on a rock in the rain above the beaver dams in Lundy Canyon on Sunday.

 

Saw a Sage Thrasher and a Say’s Phoebe down at South Tufa today (the 9th)

Wildflower macrophotography class

June 6th, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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A beautiful macro shot of a prickly poppy. Photo courtesy of David Gubernick.

A beautiful macro shot of a prickly poppy. Photo courtesy of David Gubernick.

Learn to take creative and beautiful close-up images, further develop your artistic vision, and enhance your photographic skills in the warm and supportive learning environment of this workshop for beginning to advanced amateur photographers.

The Art of Wildflower Macrophotography
July 17–19
Instructor: David Gubernick

Instructor David Gubernick combines extensive technical knowledge with an encouraging teaching style. There are only three weeks left to sign up! Sign up now to reserve a spot before it is too late!

No closure of National Parks; in fact, just the opposite

June 6th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterThe National Park Service is taking a different approach to managing parks in these tough economic times: offering free entry days.

In contrast to the Governor’s economy-damaging proposal to shut down California state parks, the feds are looking at parks as economic recovery tools. Free entry days, planned … more »

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