Earth Day Coast and Park Clean-Up seeks Volunteers
for Saturday, April 13th
The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) hosts 24 environmental improvement projects at state parks across California on Saturday, April 13, as part of its 16th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Volunteers are encouraged to help maintain the beauty of California’s treasured state parks.
The importance of Earth Day activities has never been greater as California’s state parks continue to be underfunded, with severe budget reductions over the past several years and $1.4 billion in deferred maintenance. Businesses and individuals are sought to actively participate with their communities to help restore the beauty and glory of California’s treasured state parks. Trail and campground improvements, trash cleanup, bridge building, tree planting, and wildlife habitat restoration are just some of the projects planned for Earth Day. To further aid California communities, volunteers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to project sites on Earth Day. The donations will benefit local food banks.
“For 16 years, our Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup has brought communities together to beautify and preserve beaches, forests and historic sites at California state parks,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of CSPF. “We could not do it without the support of our sponsors, partners and volunteers including PG&E, Southern California Gas Company, Edison International, Chevron, Oracle and Virgin America. State parks continue to need a helping hand and we’d like to thank our friends for their contributions in helping to keep our state parks magnificent.”
PG&E, which is sponsoring 11 public sites in Northern and Central California, is providing a $210,000 grant to CSPF and to participating parks for the supplies and materials required to complete Earth Day projects. PG&E is providing extra support for state parks by participating in four additional cleanup days for PG&E employees and their families: April 4 at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area; April 6 at Mt. Diablo State Park and Angel Island State Park; and April 27 at Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park.
“Helping to restore and preserve our state parks for the enjoyment of both current and future generations of Californians is a key part of PG&E’s environmental commitment,” said Ezra Garrett, PG&E vice president, community relations and chief sustainability officer. "We are proud to support state parks in the communities we serve where our employees and their families have dedicated over 25,000 volunteer hours during the twelve consecutive years that PG&E has been the statewide presenting sponsor of the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program.”
To volunteer on Earth Day, visit calparks.org/earthday or call 1-888-98-PARKS. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Parking fees are waived for Earth Day volunteers. Project time is from 9 am – 12:30 pm unless indicated otherwise. Project sites in the San Francisco Bay Area include:
Sonoma Coast State Park
Projects: 1. Beach cleanup 2. Campsite relocation: Pomo Canyon campground sites to relocate due to hazardous conditions - volunteers clear new sites with hand tools; decommission old sites by blending site into landscape; move tables and fire rings. Install new interpretive display housing.
Check-in time: 8:30 a.m.
Project time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Check-in at Sonoma Coast State Park Visitor Center: 10451 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450. Groups will go to work sites afterwards.
Jack London State Historic Park
Projects: Trail maintenance on Silos Trail, Old Fallen Bridge Trail; Vineyard Trail; Lake Service Trail; Upper Lake Trail; Hillside trails; and Deer Camp. Work to include trail widening, berm removal and outsloping trails; removal of adobe soils and replacement with compactable materials; re-grading trails; removing trail debris and deadfall; and removal of non-native vegetation.
Location: 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen: Hwy. 101 to Hwy. 37 East; take Hwy. 121 North to Sonoma/Napa; continue onto Hwy. 116; continue to Arnold Drive; follow for eight miles to London Ranch Road; and turn left into park
Since its inception in 1998, CSPF’s Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup program has resulted in 78,394 participants contributing more than 326,582 volunteer hours valued at nearly $6.25 million in park maintenance and improvements. Additionally, more than $4.3 million has been raised for the Earth Day program.
In-kind sponsors include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Fruit Guys, KIND Healthy Snacks, Noah’s NY Bagels, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Starbucks Coffee. Media sponsors for 2013 include: Bay Area News Group (The Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Marin Independent Journal), El Mensajero, KTVU-TV Channel 2 and KICU-TV, Star 101.3 and World Journal.
Local organizations supporting Earth Day include: East Bay Regional Park District, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), strives to power strong communities throughout Northern and Central California. PG&E is committed to energy sustainability, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. PG&E’s environmental leadership covers a broad range of activities, from protecting sensitive habitats and species, to fighting climate change through renewable resources and local Earth Day projects. Community investments are funded entirely by shareholders. For more information, visit pge.com/community.
With its 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. For more information about the California State Parks Foundation, visit calparks.org.