Montage by LadyHawk
Music by Secret Garden
"You Raise Me Up"
GREAT NEWS UPDATE! Governor Schwarzenegger has backed off the closures of 48 California state parks and they WILL REMAIN OPEN to the public through 2008-09 fiscal budget year!
Many thanks to all who have taken time to write the Governor and the legislature in support of keeping our parks OPEN and accessible to the public! ~ 5-14-08
This montage is a tribute to the ONE park that has been my sanctuary, my cathedral and my spiritual place of healing and renewal for my entire life. I have been visiting this park first with my own parents in the 1950's and 60's, and then with my own children in the 70's & '80s, and now with my grandchildren in the 90's to this day.
In high school, I attended Shakespear's play, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream performed on the redwood grove amphitheater stage. My best friend has played Sunday concerts in the redwood theater, and she told me that they never needed to use their electronic equipment because the acoustics in the redwood theater were so fantastic!
The Armstrong Redwoods are at the spiritual heart of Sonoma county residents, and the park also receives over 1,000,000 visitors annually from around the world!
Recently, I have read some very disturbing news regarding the highly probable closure of 48 of California's best loved family recreational, educational and historical sites throughout the state. That is 20% of California's state parks! While every other government entity is asked to cut back 10% of their annual budget, the parks are being asked to cut back fully DOUBLE that amount!
The total park funding for ALL of the California parks comes to a whopping 1/13th of 1 percent of the State's annual budget. These cutbacks are going to do little to nothing to remedy the huge financial deficit facing our state's economy. And the loss of tourism related dollars back to the state based upon current park funding is $2.35 return for every $1 expended in support of ALL of the state parks. These cuts are negligible at best, and do virtually nothing to help remedy the budget crisis facing California at this time.
Worst of all, California residents (IE: VOTERS!) have never been given the opportunity to CHOOSE or to cast their vote on ANY of these upcoming closures. Nor has this information even been made widely available either, so many Californians are completely UNAWARE that it is happening, and they may not know until it is too late!
Sign up today at this url...
...or write the "Terminator" and save our parks!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
To petition directly on behalf of
Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve and Austin Creek Recreation Area, GO TO: