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  • Califonria Budget State Parks
    A tour group is seen at the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento May 13, 2011. California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman announced Friday that 70 of the the state's 278 parks, including the Governor's Mansion, will be closed due to state budget cuts. The cuts are the results of a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last March that trims $11 million from the parks budget in the fiscal year that begins July 1, and $22 million the next fiscal year.
    Rich Pedroncelli | AP
  • State Park Closures
    Like a silent sentinel, the Castle Crags loom large over the landscape near Dunsmuir, CA, partially shrouded by late afternoon clouds December 12, 2000. The Castle Crags are part of Castle Crags State Park, straddling the border of Shasta and Siskiyou counties, and are located in the Shasta National Forest. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    CHRIS CREWELL | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • TRAVEL CARMEL015
    Along a rugged Central California coastline that is a touchstone in American photography, Garrapata Beach offers a lonely landscape that can tempt whoever is holding a camera. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS | Los Angeles Times
  • California State Parks Closures
    Bothe-Napa Valley State park is five miles north of St. Helena. Not far from the entrance is the decaying Pioneer Cemetery. Many members of the same family are buried here. The old fence is rotting and some of the graves are sunken. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • California State Parks Closing
    California Department of Developmental Services spokesman Paul Verke leans against a giant redwood tree July 23, 2002. "I am stunned by the enormous size of the tree," says Verke. The huge tree, estimated to be 2,000 years old stands on developmental center land which was transferred to the state parks department to become par of Jack London State Park. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    RANDY PENCH | rpench@sacbee.com
  • California State Parks Closures
    The early morning fog lifts as the tide goes out along Morro Strand State beach creating a wavy pattern along the sandy beach and a view of Morro Rock on February 25, 2003. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • RB Point Cabrillo
    Guests walk from the inn to the lighthouse at the Point Cabrillo Light Station in Mendocino county near Fort Bragg on August 5, 2008. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • Mountain bikers enjoy the trails at China Camp State Park in San Rafael, Marin County in 2007. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • People enjoy the water at Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz, California. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Shmuel Thlae | Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • California State Parks Closing
    Cesar Caragan, of Vallejo sits under the shade of a tree in 100 degree weather as he watches his son Daniel swim on the delta waters at Brannan Island State Recreation Area a maze of waterways through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This California State Park southwest of Sacramento has countless islands and marshes with many wildlife habitats and many opportunities for recreation, including boating, windsurfing and swimming. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • RB Wave Energy
    The rocky coastline at the Jug Handle State Reserve in Mendocino county near Fort Bragg on August 6, 2008. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • State Park Closures
    As the sun rises over Tomales Bay, UC Davis scientist Sue Shideler uses as spotting scope to watch over a herd of tule elk. Shideler uses the scope from a distance so as not to disturb the herd. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    JON WILLIAMS | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • State Park Closure
    A view from the banks of the South Basin facing "Double Rock" at Candlestick Point State Park in San Francisco, November 24, 2003. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Michael A. Jones | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • The Greater Parlor of the Stanford Mansion shown in 2005. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Kevin German | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • California State Park Closures
    A view of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown on June 15, 2010. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Michael Allen Jones | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • Tufa formations, limestone towers formed by long percolation of mineral compounds, add an other worldly feel to Mono Lake on August 2, 2006. Twice as salty as the Pacific, the lake and the fragile ecosystem it supports were heavily degraded over the years as water was diverted to feed the hungry city of Los Angeles. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Janet Fullwood/ Sacramento Bee | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • California State Park Closures
    The characters above the door of the Weaverville Joss House, the oldest continuously-used Chinese temple in California, mean "The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds." Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Christine Vovakes | Bee Correspondent
  • FOURTH OF JULY
    Andrew Wadsworth, left, and his brother Jesse, of Princeton, N.J., hold their ears as members of the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment 6th Company-Motts, a Revolutionary War reenactment group, fire their muskets at Princeton Battlefield State Park in Princeton on July 4, 1997.Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    DANIEL HULSHIZER | AP
  • California State Parks
    The Assembly Chambers at the Benicia State Historic Park, which preserves the state capitol that existed before politics moved to Sacramento in 1854, photographed June 19, 2010. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • California State Park CLosures
    Pio Pico State Historical Park in Whittier, CA photographed in 2000. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
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  • California State Park Closures
    Noelle Olompali-Burton, as a teeneager at Olompali State Park in this undated photo from Olompali-Burton. She was part of the "Chosen Family" who started a commune in 1967 at Olompali State Park. The park has a large history starting with the native Olompali people and later a hippie commune that was shut down after the drowning of two young girls. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Photo courtesy of Noelle Olompali-Burton.
  • California State Park Closures
    California State Parks personel and the contractor who did the remodel work check over the newly rehabed Pio Pico Mansion in Whittier January 8, 2002. The historic home of the last Mexican Governor of California, now owned by California State Parks, is one of the oldest and most historically important building in Southern California. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    RANDY PENCH | rpench@sacbee.com
  • California State Parks Closures
    California State Park Ranger Scott Cramolini, left, shares a laugh with campers at McGrath State Beach as he makes his rounds on patrol on June 27, 2007. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Eric Parsons | Ventura County Star
  • California State Parks Closures
    The Bidwell Mansion in Chico was built in 1865 by the city's founder and premier horticulturist, Gen. John Bidwell. The elegant quarters are surrounded by several unique trees and shrubs that he planted. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Christine Vovakes | Bee Correspondent
  • California State Parks Closures
    At Manchester State Park an outhouse photographed June 17, 2010 is closed and overgrown with grass. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Matt Weiser | mweiser@sacbee.com
  • California State parks Closures
    California State Parks Supervising Ranger Neill Fogarty investigates a makeshift campsite near a ridge where they found a plot of marijuana plants in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood on August 19, 2010. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • California State Parks Closures
    A water monitor once used to blast away hillsides in search of gold is on display alongside the historic buildings of North Bloomfield in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    DICK SCHMIDT | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • FL SOUTH YUBA RIVER
    Sunny Holmes of Grass Valley swims in the South Yuba River State Park in the Bridgeport area, September 30, 2003. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    FLORENCE LOW | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • California State Parks Photos
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park photographed in 2002. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    ROBERT JANOVER
  • THE SACRAMENTO BEE
    A man and his son enjoy a morning along the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, along the Sea's northeast shore. The Salton Sea, located about 225 feet below sea level in the harsh desert of Southern California's Imperial and Riverside Counties, was created 1905-07 when an irrigation diversion levee on the Colorado River failed and the river flowed unchecked into the vast desert depression for 16 months. The largest body of water within California, the Sea is saltier than the ocean. The area is of prime importance to the Pacific Flyway, and is seasonal home to millions of migratory waterfowl, marsh and shorebirds around the lake and adjacent freshwater marshes. Photo taken November 21, 2002. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Dick Schmidt | sacbeephotos@sacbee.com
  • Hendy Woods State Park
    Discovery Trail at Hendy Woods State Park. Photo by Anna Marie C. Price, August 15, 2010. Announced on May 13, 2011, this is one of 70 California State Parks that will close due to budget cuts.
    Anna Marie C. Price


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