Plan To Close Some Calif. State Parks Hits A Snag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The current state plan to close 70 of California’s 278 state parks because of budget cuts has hit a snag.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that 16 of the targeted parks receive federal funding under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which collects royalties from offshore drilling to buy parklands and wildlife refuges.

But the fund also requires state parks that have received the funds to remain open or, if closed, that a park of equal size is opened nearby.

California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman says the matter is a legitimate issue the state will have to work through as it implements its closure plans.

Portola Redwoods, Candlestick Point, Limekiln and Salton Sea State Recreation Area are some of the parks that have received these federal funds.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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