Evans Responds to Parks Forward Commission Draft Plan

August 5, 2014

Sacramento, CA. – Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement in advance of the August 6th Parks Forward Commission meeting where their draft plan will be discussed:

“The most recent Commission report represents an overdue analysis of California’s struggling state park system.  I’m encouraged to see many of the challenges addressed and reviewed and look forward to additional discussions with the Commission and the public.”

“In order of importance, I believe the following issues represent the greatest challenges for our state parks:

1.  Fix the bureaucracy. The Department needs long-term, stable and visionary leadership, with strong legislative support and cooperation.
2.  Stabilize funding.  The Department needs a long-term and sustainable funding source that is sufficient to provide the services expected by the public. Part of the funding must include an expanded and improved parks pass program.
3.  Create a new vision for State Parks.  The way we’ve managed these precious public resources in the past is simply insufficient now. We need to improve and modernize facilities, incorporate technology where appropriate, and improve access.

Overall, the report offered many good ideas that would benefit from further public discussion.   I look forward to working closely with the Commission in the coming months to develop a plan that will protect these wonderful resources while benefiting every Californian. ”

State Senator Noreen Evans is the chair of the Senate Banking & Finance Committee and represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Marin (caretaker), Napa, Solano and Sonoma.

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