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Feds threaten to seize Angel Island, Mt. Tam – Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday 1 Jul 2009, 06:37
Filed under: Humboldt, Marin

Feds threaten to seize Angel Island, Mt. Tam – Marin Independent Journal.

National park leaders contend that California would be violating the terms of two laws if it closes state parks.

First, the state has received $286 million since 1965 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Created by President Lyndon Johnson, the fund collects royalties from offshore oil drilling and uses them to buy land for national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The fund also issues grants to state and local parks to pay for everything from land acquisition to new trails, visitor centers and rest rooms.

Parks that receive the funds are required to remain open to the public. California has received Land and Water Conservation Fund money for 69 of the 220 state parks that Schwarzenegger has proposed to closet.

State parks that have received the federal funding include Henry Coe, Fremont Peak, Big Basin Redwoods, Castle Rock, A-o Nuevo, Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake, Andrew Molera, Humboldt Redwoods, Point Lobos, Hearst San Simeon State park, Anza-Borrego Desert, Sutter’s Fort, Mount Diablo and Fort Ord Dunes.


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At least the Federal government has its priorities straight.

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