State Parks Funding

Donation to keep state park open

The only state park in Plumas County will be spared the budget ax, thanks to a donation from its park association, the California Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

Plumas-Eureka State Park, off Highway 89 near Graeagle, is on terrain ranging from 4,500 to nearly 7,500 feet in elevation and features camping, a historic gold stamp mill and wildlife species that include mink and bald eagles.

The Plumas-Eureka State Park Association has donated $70,000 to keep the park open for the next two years.

The Parks Department slated 70 parks for closure in order to meet budget requirements, but about a dozen have been saved by special deals involving local donors or special plans for financing.

For more information on closures and efforts to save parks, see www.parks.