Broke California’s governor wants to close the state’s parks. Feds say this breaks the rules for six of them-

6 California parks could revert to federal control. LA Times. By Julie Cart.

Closing the State Parks will probably do more economic damage than the management money saved, but then nothing about California’s self-made budget crisis is rational. The federal government will step in and take over 6 or so of the several hundred parks.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

3 Responses to Federal officials vow to seize California state parks if they are closed by state

  1. avatar JEFF E says:

    …and the rest will become refugee camps for homeless/transients.

  2. avatar kt says:

    … and the Governator, or whatever he is, was brought to us by the downfall of Gray Davis at least in a significant part due to the Enron energy manipulation scheme – an illustration of the pitfalls of Big Energy and Centralized Energy.

  3. avatar mikepost says:

    Welcome to the poster state for democracy run amok. 80% of the budget is mandated by voter approved initiatives and it takes a 2/3 majority in the legislature to raise taxes.
    Watch for wildlife management neglect in the future.


July 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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