California's State Parks: Worth Protecting

Released by: Environment America

Executive Summary

From the Anderson Redwoods State Reserve in Northern California to Montaña de Ora State Park in Central California to South Carlsbad State Beach near San Diego, California is home to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Two hundred and seventy eight of these areas are so beautiful, that we have bestowed them the designation of State Parks, vowing to preserve their beauty for future generations.

California’s state parks are a perfect place to swim, hike, fish, boat, surf, and simply relax. These areas are also vital to our state’s heritage and unique geographic beauty, providing habitat for thousands of plants and animals, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

In addition, the state parks are an economic resource for California’s economy. A study prepared for the California Department of Parks and Recreation in 2002 determined that approximately $2.6 billion was generated by visitor spending in local communities during that year. These dollars were estimated to support over 100,000 jobs statewide.