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For Immediate Release: 12/10/2014

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California State Parks Prepare Ahead of Significant Storm


Vicky Waters,

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California State Parks is preparing for what is anticipated to be a severe storm this week by closing or restricting access to several parks, campgrounds and other park facilities.

“There is still some uncertainty as to the severity of the storm, but it is clear our state will experience a strong storm that will pose significant public safety risks over the next 48 hours,” said Lisa Mangat, Acting Director for California State Parks. “Public safety is our primary focus and we are taking steps to have all necessary preparations in place.”

 Below is a list of some park closures:

 Santa Cruz County

 Monterey County

 Mendocino County

 Other State Parks

In addition, due to high winds expected with the storm the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways is advising recreational boaters to use caution while on waterways across the state. Boaters are also advised to secure their vessels in their marina berths to avoid property damage. High-wind speeds can cause flying debris, uproot trees and down power lines. The National Weather Service is forecasting that winds will decrease by Friday.

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California State Parks provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation.