Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (Photo Credit: David Seibold, licensed under CC BY NC 2.0)

Paul Rogers, writing in the San Jose Mercury News, has a good write-up on a new report from the California Parks Forward Commission, which the Hewlett Foundation supported:

California’s venerable state parks—from sunny Los Angeles beaches to towering redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains—are under “serious stress” and suffering from declining budgets, shorter hours, higher fees, a $1.3 billion maintenance backlog and outdated technology.

That’s the conclusion of a new report scheduled for release Friday by a blue-ribbon state commission made up of business leaders, government officials and park experts.

The California Parks Forward Commission says the parks system can be fixed but that a dedicated source of new funding must be found.

The full report is available on the commission’s website.