The Trail Companion
The Campaign for Castle Rock State Park
The Sierra Club and Friends of Castle Rock State Park
are currently suing the California Department of Parks and
Recreation over the Department's approval last year of the
Castle Rock State Park General Plan. The Club is concerned
that the Castle Rock General Plan does little to provide
for responsible recreation and overlooks many legal
provisions to protect biological resources.
Castle Rock has one of the
last remaining black oak forests on public lands in the
Santa Cruz Mountains, but the approved plan focuses the
park's camping, parking, and visitor center in and around
this precious resource. Firewood brought into the camping
area and traffic to the campground could easily spread
sudden oak death, weeds, and other dangers to the black oak
The Sierra Club and FOCRSP
urge you to write a letter today urging State Parks to
settle this lawsuit out of court and practice responsible
stewardship. The outcome of this action will be of great
significance to the planning process now underway for many
other state parks.
Address your letter to Acting State Parks Director Ruth
Coleman with a copy to Assembly Speaker pro Tem Fred
Ruth Coleman, Acting Director, Department of Parks &
Recreation, P.O. Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296-0001,
phone: (916) 653-8380, fax: (916) 657-3903, email: email@example.com
Fred Keeley, California State Assembly Speaker pro Tem,
State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2027 (tel),
(916) 319-2127 (fax), email
The Nature Conservancy, 201 Mission Street, 4th floor,
San Francisco, CA 94105, Attn: Kathy Barnes.
RHAA, 225 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941, email:
Key points to make in your letters
- Urge the state to negotiate in good faith and settle
the suit out of court.
- Modern science mandates that General Plans look
beyond park boundaries to consider the ecological context
of the park. State Parks needs a regional plan that
informs the conservation and stewardship priorities for
- Because State Parks is strapped for finances for
adequate staffing and expertise, they need a Technical
Advisory Committee for science planning to advise on
biological resource issues.
- Resource protection should be paramount in state park
- Ask for increased ranger staffing to prevent poaching
of trees, construction of unauthorized trails or other
activities that are damaging to natural resources.
- Relocate high impact activities such as campgrounds
and food vendors from biologically sensitive areas of the
parks to less sensitive areas. In particular, the black
oak forest at Castle Rock and the old growth redwoods in
Big Basin are compromised by intense uses.
- Ask to be put on the mailing list to be notified of
upcoming meetings about the general plans.
To learn more, contact:
Grey Hayes, Sierra Club California State Parks Committee,
(831) 426-3880, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Henn for information on the Nisene Marks General
Plan, (831) 662-2843, email: email@example.com
Citizens for the Preservation of Nisene Marks State Park,
(831) 662-2843, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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