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California’s First Maritime Heritage Trail Opens at Emerald Bay Underwater Park in Lake Tahoe

Monday, October 1, 2018

California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation are proud to debut California’s first maritime heritage underwater trail devoted to showcasing Lake Tahoe’s historic recreational watercraft and barges that now rest below the surface of Emerald Bay. Starting today, October 1, scuba divers can explore three newly revealed dive sites under Emerald Bay in addition to the Barge Dive Site established in 1998. The new Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail (Emerald Bay Underwater Trail) is the first of its kind in California. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways

Division of Boating and Waterways Offers Grants to Help Keep California’s Waterways Clean

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications from public government entities for the purchase/deployment and maintenance of floating restrooms across California’s waterways. Interested entities should review the grant guidelines and submit the grant applications to DBW’s office by 5 p.m. PST Nov. 15, 2018.

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California Boating and Waterways Commission, California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Commission, California State Historical Resources Commission, California State Park and Recreation Commission

California State Parks Holds Joint Commission Meeting for the First Time Since 1982

Friday, October 5, 2018 | View PDF

After more than three decades, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) last week held a joint commission meeting with its four commissions in Sacramento that included a tour of state parks in the area. Commission members from Boating and Waterways, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation, State Historical Resources and State Park and Recreation met on September 27 and 28, provided their expertise and feedback, and listened to staff and public input on the department’s various programs, projects and future. 

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Old Town San Diego SHP

California State Parks Begins Construction of New Outdoor Space at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Monday, September 24, 2018 | View PDF

After over 20 years of visioning and planning, California State Parks, Senator President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and partners today announced the transformation of a Caltrans District 11 Office Complex (Complex) in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Old Town) into a new public open space. The new open space is expected to open fall 2019. Visitors will have the opportunity to connect with nature, family and friends, and learn about Old Town’s residents and the Kumeyaay people and their relationship to the San Diego River.

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Candlestick Point SRA

New Recreational Opportunities Available at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | View PDF

Today at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (Candlestick Point), California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat, Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) Executive Director Patrick Marley Rump, Assemblymember David Chiu and a number of partners celebrated new recreational opportunities at Candlestick Point. Starting October 1, outdoor enthusiasts can begin enjoying the panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay Hills and San Bruno Mountain from six new campsites located at the Sunrise Point, within Candlestick Point. Trail enhancements will provide ADA travel to the new campsites. In addition, for the first time in 20 years, new interpretive panels telling the story of how people’s actions have shaped the shoreline will be displayed.

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Calaveras Big Trees SP

Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks Launch New Digital Field Trip to Giant Sequoia Forest

Thursday, September 13, 2018 | View PDF

Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks have launched a new digital field trip that explores the challenges, including wildfires, facing our giant sequoia forests. Giant sequoia, the largest living trees on Earth, are found only in California’s Sierra Nevada. Their massive size, singular beauty, and rarity have made them living icons of the natural world and subjects of global fascination. The new giant sequoia program will air live through the Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students program (PORTS).  

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Anderson Marsh SHP, Castle Crags SP, Clear Lake SP, Weaverville Joss House SHP, Shasta SHP

UPDATE – September 6, 2018: Wildfires Close Castle Crags State Park

Thursday, September 6, 2018 | View PDF

California State Parks closed Castle Crags State Park due to the Delta and Hirz fires in Shasta County. Although the park is currently not on fire, fire conditions are rapidly changing due to the alternating wind patterns. Out of abundance of caution, State Parks evacuated staff and visitors and the park will remain closed until further notice. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways

Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Grant Applications Due October 15

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications for the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Grant Program. A maximum of $225,000 of federal funding per targeted region is available to organizations for educating coastal and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta boaters about proper vessel sewage disposal, the use of pumpout facilities, and to monitor pumpout stations in the identified regions. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.

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