USA – Sacramento, CA – California State Parks Foundation announced today that it has awarded $135,000 in grants to 15 parks and park partners to help parks recover from the devastating 2020 wildfires.
“The 2020 California wildfires were horrifically destructive, and our beloved state parks have undergone devastating damage. There is a real need to restore fragile habitats and rebuild parks, while building climate resiliency to mitigate the impact of climate change,” said Rachel Norton, Executive Director of California State Parks Foundation.
The Wildfire Resiliency and Prevention Grant opportunity includes $135,917 in grant funding that supports activities resulting in one or more of the following outcomes:
Assessment – Assess fire impact and climate threats to the park, risks to natural habitats, biodiversity, and parklands (both built and natural environments). Grant activities may include, but not limited to, support post-fire recovery plans, general/project plans for climate impacts and climate response, surveys and assessments to identify and prioritize climate resiliency projects.
Restoration – Restore the natural and built environments impacted by fires and other climate change events. Grant activities may include, but not limited to, restoring native species, stabilizing trails/hillsides, rebuilding campgrounds, historic, and working structures.
Preparedness – Prepare for the real threat of climate change in parks and build a climate resilient California. Grant activities may include, but not limited to wildfire prevention work, removal of invasive species, clearing brush/ overgrowth, creating defensible space.
Education – Raise awareness of impact of climate change and ways to engage in climate resilience activities. Grant activities may include, but not limited to, educational materials, highlights impact of climate change, what Californians can do make a more climate resilient California.
Here are the grantees California State Parks Foundation is proud to support:
Northern California Grantees
Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association Anderson Marsh State Historic Park
California Native Plant Society Big Basin Redwoods State Park,
Henry W. Coe State Park
California State Parks Mount Diablo State Park
California State Parks, Bay Area District Natural Resource Management Program Trione-Annadel State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
California State Parks, Sierra District Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
Gold Country Avian Studies Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Sonoma Ecology Center Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
South Yuba River Citizens League South Yuba River State Park
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Southern California Grantees
Anahuak Youth Sports Association Rio de Los Angeles State Park
Los Angeles State Historic Park
California State Parks/Poppy Reserve Mojave Desert Interpretive Association Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
California State Parks in partnership with Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association and Hills For Everyone Chino Hills State Park
Los Angeles Audubon Society Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
California State Parks Foundation is an independent, member-supported nonprofit that mobilizes a diverse network of Californians to be active champions for our state parks. At California State Parks Foundation, we believe that all Californians are essential to sustaining our state parks. Every day, we inform and inspire current and future generations of park champions, enabling them to be the passionate advocates our state parks need. Because when we build a movement of park supporters, we ensure the long-term sustainability of our incredible state park treasures. Learn more at www.calparks.org, or find California State Parks Foundation on Facebook, or Instagram and Twitter (@calparks).