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California’s State Parks Have Received Facelifts, And Not Everyone Is Happy

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Ezra David Romero
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Valley Public Radio
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area is one of California's 280 state parks.

In 2011, dozens of California’s State Parks were set to close due to sharp budget cuts in Sacramento. Seven years later, the budget crisis is over and most parks have recovered—though only after undergoing a quiet but significant reformation.

Freelance reporter Alissa Greenberg wrote about the new face of California State Parks for the Bay Area magazine Bay Nature. Listen to the audio above for an interview with Greenberg about how state parks survived, what’s different, and why many parks supporters are unhappy with the new arrangement.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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