California State Parks Threatened Due to Budget Shortfalls
Concerned citizens are banding together both locally and statewide to help save and keep open as many of our precious parks as possible. The Save Saddleback Committee is made up of citizens who recognize the majesty, beauty, and special character of Saddleback Butte State Park and who are working creatively together to perpetuate these wonderments for the benefit of all our citizenry. In California, statewide cuts have heavily impacted California State Parks. Funding for State Parks has been cut consistently for several years. In July 2011, this agency absorbed a drastic $11 million dollar budget reduction with additional cuts scheduled to be implemented in July 2012. Lacking adequate operating funds, the Department of Parks and Recreation had no choice but to schedule parks for closure. Saddleback Butte State Park was scheduled for closure beginning July 1, 2012. Since its formation, the Save Saddleback Committee has been actively fund raising and through these efforts has been able to sign a donor agreement with the Department of Parks and Recreation wherein the committee, working through the Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretative Association, will contribute funds to prevent the total closure of Saddleback Butte State Park for this fiscal year. This has been made possible by contributions from local citizens as well as with a grant from the California State Parks Foundation. The committee recognizes that we have only a temporary reprieve. Our passion and momentum to save Saddleback Butte State Park will not cease. We will ardently continue to fundraise to promote the values inherent in this unique landscape for the enjoyment of all. We welcome the time and talents of anyone who would like to help this noble effort. Together, we hope to save Saddleback Butte State Park from closing its doors in the foreseeable future. Please join our effort or donate if you are able.