Weekly Digest: July 19, 2024


 The Weekly Digest includes a collection of news articles related to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The views expressed and opinions do not always reflect that of the department.


California state park closes difficult trail following rescues: As California faces extreme heat conditions, a park has closed one of the most challenging trails in the southern part of the state. Mount San Jacinto State Park is closing its Skyline Trail (also known as the “Cactus to Clouds Trail") due to dangerous temperatures in the Palm Springs area, state parks officials announced in a news release. The trail is closed indefinitely to protcect hikers and first responders. Olivia Harden, SFGate, July 12, 2024

California State Parks remove 6,000 pounds of trash from illegal cannabis cultivation sites in four state parks: California State Parks removed about six thousand pounds of trash from four state parks as part of a cleanup operation by its Cannabis Watershed Protection Program (CWPP). Redheaded Blackbelt, July 13, 2024

Angel Island ferry to go electric: ANGEL ISLAND, CA — The ferries connecting Angel Island State Park and downtown Tiburon will be electrified under an agreement between the ferry's owners and a New Zealand technology company. Patch, July 14, 2024

Arroyo Trail critical linkages project breaks ground: Years of planning and fundraising culminated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Brookside Park on Saturday, July 13 as The One Arroyo Foundation and the City of Pasadena celebrated the beginning of work on the Arroyo Trail Demonstration Project. Eddie Rivera, Pasadena Now, July 14, 2024

Tomales Bay forest management project clears hurdle: California State Parks has approved a controversial 10-year project that involves prescribed burns and the use of masticators and herbicides in the Tomales Bay forest. Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal, July 15, 2024

Miner’s Picnic Annual Park Event on Aug. 24: On Saturday, August 24th, participate in a treasured local tradition at Empire Mine State Historic Park! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy a picnic lunch on the lush estate grounds, accompanied by live music and performances just like the original Miner’s Picnics over 100 years ago. YubaNet.com, July 15, 2024

Summer of the shark: Santa Cruz County cove teems with sharp-toothed juveniles: APTOS — It has become the summer of the juvenile white shark at a small cove in the Aptos area this year with researchers estimating that numbers of the sleek ocean predator have reached an all-time high even after a decade of lofted trends. PK Hattis, Mercury News, July 15, 2024

“Are there still plans to put part of Lake Tahoe Golf Course into Washoe Meadows State Park?”: No, is the short answer. More than a decade ago California State Parks wanted to move several holes at Lake Tahoe Gold Course into the adjacent Washoe Meadows State Park. (Page 9) Tahoe Mountain News, July 15, 2024

An underrated California state park has the most iconic views in the US: California is very fortunate to have multiple locations throughout the state that are incredibly picturesque. Be it California national parks that should be on everyone's bucket list to places that genuinely feel like magic in the Golden State, the amount of beauty that residents and visitors alike have to experience is staggering. Jessica Tucker, The Travel, July 15, 2024

California dreaming: Customize the ultimate road trip itinerary, national parks included: If you’ve found yourself “California dreaming” but want to do more than just lounge on the beach, it’s time to hit the road and experience the ocean and so much more from the comfort of your own car. JP Schaffer, Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2024

Moment bear steals entire cooler from truck in parking lot caught on camera: When preparing for a day outside on the trail, you need to bring water, food, sunscreen, and, depending on where you are, possibly a bear deterrent—or at least be cautious about how you pack your vehicle. Liz O’Connell, Newsweek, July 15, 2024

Free speaker series at Donner: California State Parks, Nevada County Library and Sierra State Parks Foundation presents a monthly Sierra Speaker Series at Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center in Truckee. Tahoe Guide, July 15, 2024

Illegal cannabis operations taken down near 2 California state parks: California State Parks have been the target of a statewide effort to identify and dismantle illegal cannabis operations this year. Recently, authorities took down multiple cannabis grows near two state parks, resulting in the destruction of thousands of illegal plants and the recovery of multiple firearms. Travis Schlepp, KTLA 5, July 16, 2024

State authorities seize nearly 2 tons of illegal cannabis grown near Allensworth State Park: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — California law enforcement officials said agents recently seized more than 1,500 cannabis plants and six firearms from illegal grow sites near Colonel Allensworth State Park. Jose Franco, KGET.com, July 16, 2024

California Governor Gavin Newsom says, “The illicit market endangers our communities, our environment” as state law enforcement agencies seize thousands of pounds of illegal cannabis near state parks: What you need to know: Multiple state enforcement units took down criminal cannabis operations near two state parks, resulting in the eradication of thousands of pounds of illegal cannabis and seizure of illegal firearms, including ghost guns and assault weapons. Sierra Sun Times, July 16, 2024

Hungry Valley SVRA (aka, Gorman) temporarily closes: Hungry Valley SVRA (aka, Gorman), the popular off-road riding area in Southern California, has been temporarily shut down. Cycle News, July 16, 2024

10 truly magnificent hikes in California’s state parks: Other states may have high mountains, vast deserts and scenic shorelines. California? It has a park system that contains all of it. John McKinney, LA Times, July 17, 2024

Outlaw cannabis grow sites are raided near California state parks: California authorities raided illegal cannabis grow sites near a pair of state parks, seizing more than 5,200 plants and 14 firearms. The state law enforcement action, announced Tuesday, took place near Saddleback Butte State Park in the Antelope Valley and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in Allensworth. Andrew Khouri, LA Times, July 17, 2024

Illegal cannabis seized in California State Parks crackdown: California law enforcement, including the Unified Cannabis Enforcement Task Force (UCETF), seized thousands of pounds of illegal cannabis near state parks in a significant crackdown on illicit cannabis operations. Bill McNarland, The Dales Report, July 17, 2024

California law enforcement agencies seize thousands of pounds of illegal cannabis near two state parks: As part of an ongoing initiative to dismantle illegal cannabis operations in California’s state parks, law enforcement operations in Saddleback Butte State Park and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park resulted in the destruction of thousands of illegal plants and the seizure of multiple firearms. Juan Spinelli, Benzinga, July 17, 2024

The jolliest place in California is this tiny seafood truck on the beach: If I were to tell you that some of the best sustainable seafood in Southern California is served from a truck parked on a Ventura beach, would you believe me? Yes, there are some truly outstanding seafood restaurants in SoCal. Karen Palmer, SFGate, July 18, 2024

Cambria will construct a new skate park after $1.2 million in fundraising, creating a new hangout spot for Cambrian skaters and community.: Skaters of Cambria are getting a new hangout spot after four years of grassroots efforts and $1.2 million in fundraising for a new skate park after the previous park was closed in 2020. Libbey Hanson, New Times SLO, July 18, 2024

California State Parks determined to protect threatened bird species at trestles: California State Parks personnel are imploring visitors to Trestles not to bring their dogs, with the intent of preserving a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. C. Jayden Smith, San Clemente Times, July 18, 2024

After peaking in May, Lake Oroville levels trickling back down: OROVILLE — Lake Oroville’s water level peaked nearly a month earlier than last year but has steadily decreased since mid-June. Jake Hutchison, Mercury News, July 18, 2024

A walk with Mother Nature: Allison Frye, an interpreter and outdoor science educator with California State Parks, leads children on a hike at Malibu Creek State Park near Calabasas as part of the agency’s Junior Ranger Program. The Acorn, July 18, 2024

Trailblazing: Morro Bay’s SeaLife Stewards program produces kayaking volunteers who help visitors carefully enjoy the estuary: The waters of Morro Bay are doubling as a vast classroom for kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, boaters, and surfers for the ninth year this summer. Bulbul Rajagopal, New Times SLO, July 18, 2024

Gear hub: The State Library Parks Pass will continue providing free access to state parks: This was almost the final summer that people can walk into their public libraries and get free state parks passes, said Rachel Norton, the executive director of the California State Parks Foundation. Taylor O’Connor, New Times SLO, July 18, 2024

10th Paddlesplash to be biggest yet on Lake Natoma next week: Just as the temperatures soar to the triple digits ahead, something very “cool” is coming to Folsom’s Lake Natoma. It’s the return for Paddlesplash featuring Seychelle SUP, a multi-day event that is all about just what is in its name, paddling, splashing and throw in a whole lot of fun. Kayla Thomas, Folsom Times, July 18, 2024

Illegal cannabis mess cleaned up: California State Parks said it removed about 6,000 pounds of trash this spring from four state parks, including Malibu Creek State Park locally, as part of a cleanup operation by its Cannabis Watershed Protection Program. John Loesing, The Acorn, July 19, 2024