Yuba Express a Success: South Yuba River State Park is off the Closure List! Now help us Save Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Yuba Express on steps of the State Capitol, photo by Ivy Photography

On February 8, 2012 SYRCL spearheaded the “Yuba Express” to the State Capitol. More than 100 Yuba River lovers hand-delivered over 10,000 letters and petition signatures to Governor Jerry Brown, Resource Secretary John Laird, Parks Director Ruth Coleman, Senator Doug LaMalfa, and Assemblyman Dan Logue requesting that the South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins State Parks be removed from the parks’ closure list.

The “Yuba Express” delegation went wild when Secretary Laird announced that the South Yuba River State Park would remain open.  This was big news statewide as only 10 of the 70 parks on the closure list have gotten off so far. Here is a round-up of some of the media highlights:

We at SYRCL applaud the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who collected signatures, our elected officials on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and the City

After announcement of South Yuba River State Park off the closure list, photo by Ivy Photography

Councils of Truckee, Grass Valley and Nevada City who unanimously endorsed this successful community message to keep our Yuba State Parks open.

A very special thank you goes out to the members of the Save our Yuba State Parks committee who volunteered tirelessly since October planning this successful campaign, which included the December 12, 2011 Town Hall Meeting attended by over 400 community members, the successful petition drive which gathered over 10,000 signatures, and the “Yuba Express” day at the Capitol.  Their leadership efforts were key in educating the public on the issue and creating the overwhelming community support that led us to success.

Kudos also go to Grass Valley Charter School students who single-handedly collected over 1,100 signatures, spoke to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors about the issue, made creative and persuasive presentations to Resource Secretary John Laird on December 12th and returned with the “Yuba Express” last week to hear the good news resulting from their successful advocacy first hand. These young people are the future stewards of our public lands and have shown courage and determination fighting for what they believe in.

Grass Valley Charter School students and others in the Capitol Hearing Room, photo by Ivy Photography

But we can’t stop now – there is more work to be done.  Efforts to re-open Malakoff Diggins State Park must continue and a solar power system is needed to reduce operating costs. Final details on the modest parking fee at Bridgeport must be solidified as well. To support SYRCL’s efforts to continue to Save Our Yuba State Parks, please make a donation today.

Please join SYRCL as a member TODAY to help us make this happen. It’s essential that we keep Malakoff open and we can’t do it without your support.   Thanks for all you have done so far.  Let’s keep the momentum going!

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