California to Close 70 State Parks (Updated)



Fort Humboldt

The Sacramento Bee reported earlier today that 70 state parks will be closed due to the state budget deficit, under plans announced by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

Governor Jerry Brown's budget calls for $22 million in cuts to state park funding. The criteria for choosing which parks would be shuttered were based on attendance rates and historical significance, according to the Bee.

The proposed closures include Fort Humboldt, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Grizzly Creek Redwoods, the Weaverville Joss House, Shasta State Historic Park in Redding and the Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area.

UPDATE: The California State Parks System says the closures will not be completed until July 1, 2012.

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