Apparently a lot of local people are concerned about the fate of our local state parks as a huge crowd turned out for a public meeting to Save the South Yuba River at Bridgeport State Parks last evening at Miners Foundry, Caleb Dardick is the Executive Director of SYRCL and chaired the event.
“The turnout last night was fantastic. There was over 400 people, there was standing room only at the Miners Foundry for a town hall meeting that SYRCL sponsored on the fate of the South Yuba River State Park and the Malakoff Diggins State Park.”
The Malakoff Diggins and the Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport were put on the list of 70 state parks to be closed next year in a cost cutting move. Dardick says an action plan was derived last evening.
“SYRCL, the South Yuba River Citizen’s League, is going to lead a petition drive and a letter writing campaign. Our goal is to collect 5,000 signatures and letters within the next 30 days and then take a delegation of concerned citizens down to Sacramento to present them directly to the governor.”
County residents are also encouraged to visit the website yubariver.org to get information to join the campaign.
“We would love it if everyone could go online to yubariver.org and right in the middle of the page is an icon of the historic Bridgeport Bridge. Click on that, and that will take you to sample letters and petitions that you can download and sign and circulate with your friends and then bring back to the SYRCL office at 216 Main Street in Nevada City.”
The crowd all seemed willing to send a message to Governor Jerry Brown, State Parks Director Ruth Coleman and Resource Secretary John Laird to let them know the community wants the parks to stay open.