California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed his state's budget yesterday afternoon -- one that includes $6 million more in cuts to state parks than was expected just last week. According to our partners at the Save Our State Parks coalition, this brings "the total General Fund cut for this budget year to $14.2M. It is expected that this will result in the closure of perhaps more than 100 state parks." (emphasis theirs)
National Trust for Historic Preservation President Richard Moe has issued a statement on this unfortunate turn of events:
The California State Park System, included on the 2008 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and already reeling from millions of dollars in deferred maintenance, has suffered another major blow in the new state budget. We call upon the state to provide adequate maintenance and protection for the historic and culturally significant buildings and sites in the entire park system, and pledge to work with the California State Parks Foundation, the Save Our State Parks coalition and other supporters to help the parks survive this current budget crisis.