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'Parks Forward' to Gather More Citizens' Input

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September 18, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Parks Forward Initiative and the California State Park and Recreation Commission will hold a workshop in Auburn, Calif., to gather new ideas from Gold Country residents on how to improve efficiency, create financial sustainability and better leverage partnerships within the California State Park System.

The workshop will be held on Oct. 3, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Auburn. It will also be webcast live on www.cal-span.org, YubaNet.com reported.

The workshop is part of the Parks Forward Initiative, which is undertaking a thorough evaluation to improve and sustain California's underfunded State Park System. In June, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and California State Parks Director Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.) unveiled the Initiative. In August, the 12 members of the Parks Forward Commission were announced.

"These public workshops are intended to engage and interact with the public that California state parks serve," said Ken Wiseman, executive director of the Parks Forward Initiative. "We encourage people to participate, so that we can hear directly from every community. State parks are an important resource for Californians, and this effort is to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table as we search for ideas to improve the way parks serve the public."

Gold Country citizens who cannot attend the meeting are encouraged to submit comments via the Parks Forward website, www.ParksForward.com, its Facebook Page, www.Facebook.com/ParksForward, and via Twitter @ParksForward.

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