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Malakoff Diggins Gets Help From State Parks Department

Good News for Local State Parks!
The California State Department of Parks and Recreation is using some of the “hidden money” that was discovered in recent months to help keep state parks open. Two of those parks are in Nevada County. According to new State Parks Director Major General Anthony Jackson the state will use some of the money to match funds raised by individual parks that were on a closure list.

Click here to listen to Director, Major General Anthony Jackson

Sierra District Superintendent of State Parks, Marilyn Linkem says Malakoff Diggins State Park Association has raised 22,00 dollars in an attempt to remain open.
Click here to listen to Marilyn Linkhem

The State is now matching that amount so Malakoff will have 44,000 dollars allowing the park to operate the Visitor’s Center three days per week- Friday-Sunday from May 1 – Sept 30, 2013. Cabin rentals will be available seven days per week during the same time period. Some of the 44,000 offsets expenditures from the first half of this year.
Click here to listen to Marilyn Linkhem

Additional agreements for Malakoff are in the works.
Click here to listen to Marilyn Linkhem

Linkhem says it costs about $100,000 dollars to operate Malakoff Diggins on a seasonal basis so the Park relies on money generated by other State Parks along with money raised through the Living History Program, the Field Guide Programs, SYRCL and The Olmstead Park Fund.

Additional agreements in the works include another $22,500 for 2013-14 for Malakoff Diggins State Park in partnership with The  Olmstead Park Fund and South Yuba River Citizens League.

SYRCL is also working on an agreement for the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport.

Empire Mine State Park does not have a proposal for a matching fund agreement  at this time but a future proposal for match funds is possible.

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