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DPR Awards $16 Million in Grants for Local Park Projects

Friday, June 16, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation today announced the selection of 25 local park projects that will receive grants totaling $16 million from the California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program. This one-time competitive grant program provides funds for new youth soccer, baseball, softball and basketball recreation opportunities in heavily populated, low–income urban areas with a high-youth-crime and unemployment rate.  

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Boat California, Division of Boating and Waterways

Managing Boat Sewage the Environmental Way: There’s an App for that!

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | View PDF

California’s recreational boaters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Southern California now have a new digital tool to aid in the proper disposal of boat sewage. The “Pumpout Nav” app is designed to help boaters locate the closest sewage pumpout station for their vessels. Using the mobile device’s location, the app displays the pumpout stations closest to the boater, their operational status, as well as the cost, hours and location within the marina. The new app is free and available for download from both the Android Play and iOS Apple stores.

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Grants

DPR Announces $2.6 Million for Local Park Projects

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation today announced selections for $2.6M in funding for 19 local park projects under the Habitat Conservation Fund Program. The grants assist cities, counties and districts with projects such as protection of various plant and animal species, acquisition and development of wildlife corridors and trails, and nature interpretation programs to bring urban residents into park and wildlife areas. 

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DPR Improves Distinguished Veteran and Disabled Discount Pass Programs

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is modernizing the way it manages the Distinguished Veteran and Disabled Discount pass programs. Starting this month, June 15, the department will be issuing new credit card design passes for current veteran and disabled pass holders as part of its transition to California’s new reservation system: ReserveCalifornia™. These individuals will need to visit one of 48 designated state park locations to work with department staff to create a new online profile and exchange their current pass for the new credit card design pass.  

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Transformation

DPR Releases Final Transformation Progress Report: Two-Year Transformation Effort Renews California’s State Park System

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation today released the Final Transformation Progress Report. This report summarizes the accomplishments and foundational work the department completed over a two-year period to better serve California’s diverse population and create a more inviting, relevant state park system. Such efforts include strengthening relationships with partners and local communities, streamlining payment processes• and improving access for all Californians. Dubbed “Transformation,” this important process represents the department’s commitment to improving California’s state park system as well as the many recreational programs supported by the DPR. 

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Boat California, Division of Boating and Waterways, Safety Tips

DBW Provides Survival Guide for the 2017 Summer Season

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways urges recreational boaters and water enthusiasts to take the necessary precautions this summer, starting with life jacket wear, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. This summer season begins with some of the highest water levels and coldest water not seen or felt in many years. Swift and cold water can create treacherous conditions for everyone, including experienced swimmers. 

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Humboldt Redwoods SP

California State Parks Seeks Public Input on a Road and Trail Management Plan for Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | View PDF

California State Parks will hold an open house meeting to solicit comments on a draft road and trail management plan (RTMP) for Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The RTMP describes the existing roads and trails of the state park and provides specific direction for management and operations in the future. The goal of the plan is to enhance recreational trail opportunities, while protecting the park’s cultural and natural resources. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways

CORRECTED VERSION: DBW Begins Herbicide Treatment in the Delta for Water Hyacinth and Egeria densa

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways will begin herbicide treatment of water hyacinth and Egeria densa on March 1 in various areas of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The division simultaneously will be treating the South American spongeplant, Uruguay water primrose, and Curlyleaf pondweed. Mechanical harvesting will continue to be used to control water hyacinth, spongeplant and water primrose infested areas as needed. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways

DBW Begins Herbicide Treatment in the Delta for Water Hyacinth and Egeria densa

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | View PDF

California Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will begin herbicide treatment of South American spongeplant (Limnobium laevigatum), Uruguay water primrose (Ludwigia hexapetala), water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), curlyleaf pondweed and Brazilian waterweed (Egeria densa) this Wednesday, March 1, in various areas of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. DBW will concurrently be using mechanical harvesting to control spongeplant, water hyacinth, and water primrose infested areas as needed.

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Division of Boating and Waterways, Boat California

State Offers Educational Opportunities for the Public and Boating Facility Operators to Help Keep California’s Waterways Clean

Monday, February 6, 2017 | View PDF

California’s Boating Clean and Green Program and its partners are offering free volunteer opportunities, workshops and seminars on ways to help keep California’s waterways clean. Motivated individuals with a willingness to learn and an ability to convey important environmental messages are encouraged to participate. Space is limited; pre-registration is required for all opportunities.

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New Date Set for Public Meeting on Preferred Alternative Site Design for Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy) are holding a public meeting to solicit comments on an effort to upgrade recreational facilities at Kings Beach State Recreation Area (Kings Beach SRA). The original date, scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2017, has been rescheduled to February 2, 2017. Some of the proposed enhancements would be made to the pier, playground, restrooms, picnic areas, boat ramp and parking area. The effort reflects an approach by DPR and the Conservancy to renovate Kings Beach SRA over the next 20 or more years.

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North Grove Trail Partially Open at Calaveras Big Trees State Park through the Weekend

Friday, January 13, 2017 | View PDF

A portion of the North Grove Trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park reopened this morning. Visitors will have limited access to the fallen Pioneer Cabin Tree as well as the Big Stump, but the remainder of the trail is closed. The storms over the last week have created a public safety concern for visitors on several areas of the trail as limbs have fallen and debris continues to run through small streams.

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California State Parks Invites Outdoor Enthusiasts to Enjoy the Winter Season Safely

Friday, January 13, 2017 | View PDF

California State Parks reminds outdoor enthusiasts that winter recreation can be hazardous. Every year, thousands of individuals and families enjoy California’s winter season by playing in the snow, fishing, walking/hiking a trail, boating, off-highway recreation or visiting historical sites. The recent winter storms have changed the state’s outdoor landscape with snow in many higher elevation areas and many of our waterways have more water. While many may be eager to enjoy this new landscape, the department reminds outdoor enthusiasts to properly plan for their outings by checking road conditions, site destination availability, the weather, and by enjoying the outdoors safely with everyone.

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California State Parks Invites the Public to Kick-Off the New Year with a First Day Hike

Friday, December 16, 2016 | View PDF

This New Year’s Day 2017, California State Parks will participate in the 5th Annual First Day Hikes at 50 parks across the state. This national-led effort encourages people to experience the beautiful natural and cultural resources found in the outdoors with a seasoned guide so that they may be inspired to take advantage of these treasures throughout the year.

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California State Park Organizations Invite You to Skip the Lines and Go Green on Black Friday

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | View PDF

116 State Park Destinations Will Be Offering A Limited Number of Free Day-Use Passes

Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks and the California State Parks Foundation have collaborated to create #GreenFriday, a new Thanksgiving tradition that promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of California’s magnificent state parks. Thanks to the support of members and donors from Save the Redwoods and the California State Park Foundation, more than 13,000 free vehicle day-use passes will be available to visitors for use at one of the 116 participating state parks. The passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and cover day-use admission and parking fees. Some of the parks include Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and Bolsa Chica State Beach.

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California State Parks and REI Invite You to "Invent Your Adventure" over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | View PDF

California State Parks and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) invite the public to “Invent Your Adventure” over the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in a photo contest.  The contest will take place exclusively on the Instagram accounts of California State Parks and/or the seven participating state parks. REI is directly awarding one $100 gift card per participating park to the most creative participants who complete all steps of the photo contest. 

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