40 State Parks Awarded Earth Day Grants Need Volunteers to Help with Environmental Protection

CSPF’s 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by PG&E to be held Saturday, April 21

2018 Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by PG&E

Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

PARTICIPATING STATE PARKS

Angel Island State Park

Asilomar State Beach

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Benicia State Recreation Area

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Carlsbad State Beach

Carmel River State Beach

Carpinteria State Beach

Castle Rock State Park

China Camp State Park

Chino Hills State Park

Coast Dairies State Park (Panther Beach)

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Crystal Cove State Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Doheny State Beach

Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Grover Hot Springs State Park

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Huntington State Beach

Jack London State Historic Park

Lighthouse Field State Beach

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

Montaña De Oro State Park

Monterey State Beach

Mount Diablo State Park

Natural Bridges State Beach

New Brighton State Beach

Rio Del Mar State Beach

San Clemente State Beach

San Elijo State Beach

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

Seabright State Beach

Seacliff State Beach

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Sonoma Coast State Park

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Trione-Annadel State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park (4 Mile Beach)

San Francisco, Calif. January 29, 2018 – This Earth Day, 40 state parks will receive funding from the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) for much needed restoration and improvement projects, to be completed by volunteers during CSPF’s 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Thanks in part to a $250,000 total grant provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the funds will support parks across the state to provide needed upkeep and repair at state parks – from constructing new native plant gardens and repairing nature trails, to upgrading building and improving park infrastructure. For 20 years, CSPF has mobilized volunteers across the state to demonstrate their support for environmental protection on Earth Day by spending time protecting and improving state parks.

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This year, thousands of people will gather across California for special volunteer projects that make state parks more accessible and enjoyable, like:

  • Replacing trees lost during the drought at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
  • Painting an ocean-themed mural at San Elijo State Beach
  • Updating campgrounds with new ADA-compliant campfire rings at Castle Rock State Park
  • Installing a permanent public bike fix-it station and signs at Huntington State Beach
  • Promoting stewardship and sustainability of our shoreline parks at a community engagement event at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
  • Rebuilding a severely damaged access road at Jack London State Historic Park

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of CSPF’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program, for the first time PG&E is including a supplemental grant ($50,000 of the $250,000 total) for projects to prepare state parks for natural disasters. These grants will focus on brush removal and habitat management to make parks better able to cope with fires, drought and other environmental impacts in the short term, and will bolster strategies to help make parks more resilient in dealing with the effects of climate change in the long term.

“PG&E has a proud tradition of supporting state parks, enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. Expanding that effort to help protect natural and cultural resources against the effects of climate change is the logical next step, and is part of our larger company strategy to help build more resilient communities,” said Travis Kiyota, PG&E Vice President of California External Affairs and Executive Director of the PG&E Corporation Foundation.

Climate resiliency projects will be completed in conjunction with Earth Day volunteer activities on Saturday, April 21 or on a date to be determined by individual state parks during the spring of 2018.

Volunteer registration for the 40 parks opens in early March. To find out more about CSPF grants and projects in your area, or for more ways you can help protect our state parks this Earth Day, please visit calparks.org/earthday.

Since its inception in 1998, CSPF’s annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup days of service have resulted in 83,785 participants contributing more than 334,301 volunteer hours worth nearly $6.6 million in park maintenance and improvements. Additionally, nearly $5 million has been raised through the Earth Day program to benefit state parks and the millions of Californians who rely on them for recreation, education and inspiration.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric Company has been a sponsor of the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup since 2001. Supporting CSPF since 1994, PG&E has donated nearly $3.7 million to help protect state parks, and thousands of PG&E employees have volunteered their time on Earth Day and beyond.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.