State Parks encourages Californians to celebrate Earth Day by spending time outdoors

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April 22, 2022 – SACRAMENTO, California – California State Parks encourages everyone to celebrate Earth Day by visiting outdoors. Walking through the trees, admiring breathtaking sights such as waterfalls or the coastline, viewing wildlife, or simply watching a sunrise or sunset can help foster a desire to conserve and preserve these resources. unique natural. Research shows that spending time in nature is also associated with better mental and physical health.

Just within the California State Park System there are 279 state park units, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lakes and rivers, 15,000 campsites, 5,200 miles of trails, 3,195 historic buildings and more than 11,000 known prehistoric and historical archaeological sites. . There are also many other local and national parks across the state that Californians can enjoy on Earth Day and year-round.

“I urge all Californians to try to make every day Earth Day,” said California State Parks Superintendent Armando Quintero. “Together, we can make our communities, our parks, and our planet more sustainable, cleaner, accessible, equitable, and safer for everyone.”

There are simple actions Californians can take to protect and preserve the state’s natural resources for current and future generations:

  1. Leave no traces. Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing up all trash.
  2. Recreate on designated trails. Whether on horseback, off-road vehicle or bicycle, protect natural resources by riding only in designated areas and trails. Always remember that wildlife has the right of way. If you walk or run outdoors, also stay on designated trails. Cutting through the switchbacks erodes the side of the hill and eventually destroys the trail. In addition, by staying on designated trails, visitors help protect sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and historical, archaeological or paleontological sites.
  3. Never feed or touch wildlife. Respect wild animals by not approaching them or trying to move sick or injured wildlife. Report any encounters with aggressive, sick or injured animals to park staff.
  4. Prevent fires. When camping, find out about fire bans. Avoid driving or stopping in tall grass, brush, or where natural fuels come into contact with hot fleets. Stop only in clear and designated areas.
  5. Help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as quagga and zebra mussels, vessel launches in any body of water may be subject to boat inspections and you are strongly encouraged to clean, drain and dry motorized and non-motorized boats, including personal watercraft, and any equipment that comes in contact with water before and after use. Download a boat cleaning guide here.
  6. Unloading at the pump. Never discharge treated wastewater into restricted waters such as a marina, bathing/wading areas, sanctuary, poorly drained areas, lakes, reservoirs or freshwater impoundments and into a federal area of non-rejection. Use sewage pumps, dump stations or mobile pumping services. Download the free Pumpout Nav app to find sewage pumps, dump stations and mobile pumping services.
  7. Put it away, don’t throw it away. Keep trash on board your ship. Never throw cigarette butts, fishing line or any other waste into waterways. Take advantage of shore facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal and paper, as well as fishing lines, such as fishing line recycling stations. Fishing line can entangle and kill wildlife and damage the boat.
  8. Return a ship before it pollutes. Because there are several environmental hazards associated with ships, including oil, solvents, and batteries, it is important that all ship owners dispose of their vessels properly. There are many Resources for boaters, including a free boat return program, landfill and recycling and dismantling services.
  9. Recycle, collect and report. Take steps to perform spill-proof oil changes on recreational boats and recycle used oil and filters. Always use oil absorbents and dispose of them as hazardous waste by visiting county household hazardous waste collection centers or marinas offering this service. Remember never to use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills, as this increases environmental damage and is illegal. Report oil and chemical spills to a marina, the National Response Center (800-424-8802) or the California Office of Emergency Services (800-OILS911; 800-645-7911).
  10. Encourage others to adopt positive Earth Day habits. Share these tips with your family and friends.

Earth Day is an annual reminder for all to consider the many facets of Earth’s beauty and highlight the collective actions needed to address environmental issues. The efforts of the Gavin Newsom administration represent a historic investment in a broad set of initiatives to address climate change, including for the state park system. For example, State Parks has developed and adopted a Sea level rise adaptation strategy which presents an integrated approach to integrating sea level rise considerations into all plans and projects in 128 coastal state park units that cover a quarter of California’s coastline and are visited by more than 50 million people each year.

Below are other examples of how State Parks is implementing climate adaptation strategies:

  • Make climate considerations explicit in park plans and other management decisions.
  • Conversion to renewable energy in the state’s remote state parks, such as Picacho State Recreation Area and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
  • Installation of electric vehicle charging stations in parks, with more than 200 stations already installed throughout the State Park System.
  • Conversion of the service fleet to zero-emission vehicles. To date, more than 25% of new car purchases are now electric and on track to reach 50% by 2024.
  • Reduced water consumption by more than 22% since 2010, which equates to more than 130 million gallons of water saved.

State Parks reminds visitors to recreate responsibly as COVID-19 is still present. Before leaving home, visitors are encouraged to check the status of the park units they wish to visit for current restrictions and guidelines. It is recommended to have a backup plan in case their destination is crowded. For additional guidelines and safety tips, please visit parks.ca.gov/COVID19.

Virtual opportunity

The public is invited to see Facebook Live streams will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 22, by the Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students program:

  • 11:00 am: Clear Lake State Park – “The secret lives under the leaves”. Discover and explore the tiny environments below our feet and the adaptations to our changing environment.
  • 2 p.m.: California Citrus State Historic Park – “Effects of Climate Change at Citrus Park.” The effects of climate change, including variations in temperature and drought, have had noticeable adverse effects on citrus trees in California Citrus State Historic Park. Find out what techniques have been developed to strengthen and improve the overall health of citrus fruits against the effects of climate change. Healthy trees benefit us, animals and the planet.

This Earth Day, celebrate by visiting the outdoors and enjoying the fresh air and breathtaking views that can help foster a desire to conserve and preserve these unique natural resources.
Source: CA. State Parks

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