In the past several years, California has experienced the worst fire seasons in its recorded history, with over seven million acres burning since 2020. Urgent action is essential to protect California’s beloved state parks from this growing threat, and California State Parks Foundation’s wildfire resilience grant is a direct step toward that goal.
Through this series of grants, we are supporting land managers who use innovative approaches to wildfire resilience. A few key priorities of the grants funded include:
“These wildfire resilience grants allow our organization to both support and learn about successful wildfire resilience strategies across the state,” said Emily Doyle, California State Parks Foundation’s Climate Resilience Program Manager. “By evaluating program impacts over time, we can continue to fund effective, innovative solutions and ensure that California State Parks Foundation is a key partner in building a climate-resilient state park system.”
1. Azalea State Natural Reserve (McKinleyville, CA)
2. California State Indian Museum (Sacramento, CA)
3. Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (Folsom, CA)
4. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (Coloma, CA)
5. Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property (Half Moon Bay, CA)
6. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (Kenwood, CA)
Los Angeles Area
7. Leo Carrillo State Park (Malibu, CA)
8. Crystal Cove State Park (Laguna Beach, CA)
9. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Culver City, CA)
"[We will] shift community perspective on native plants and how they can benefit the community when it comes to fire resiliency. With opportunities for more native planting we will be able to educate visitors on the importance of native vegetation in terms of fire resiliency,” said grant recipient Jim Cassio, Board President of Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma. “With Folsom Lake State Recreation Area being located within an urban setting, not only do we have an opportunity but an obligation to set an example of the ideal natural ecosystem and native plant vegetation."
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