15 May '11, 3pm

California Will Close Up To 70 State Parks To Save Money: In an attempt to reduce California's severe budget pro...

California Will Close Up To 70 State Parks To Save Money: In an attempt to reduce California's severe budget pro...

In an attempt to reduce California's severe budget problems, officials will be closing 70 state parks across California , eliminating 220 jobs and closing redwood forests, historic sites and coastal woodlands. This move will save California $33 million, as part of a larger plan to close a deficit of roughly $15 billion. All together, the parks that are scheduled to be closed attract 5.6 million visitors a year. Environmental activists are understandably upset about the decision. "This is a pretty devastating list," said Elizabeth Goldstein, executive director of the California State Parks Foundation. "It represents 25 percent of the park system and, for the Bay Area, it's a big hit." Resources Secretary John Laird, however, blamed Republicans who are stalling the Democrats' attempts to extend tax increases that expire this summer. "Hopefully, Republicans in the legislature...

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