Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

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Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Location Del Norte County, California, USA
Nearest city Crescent City, California
Coordinates 41°40′15″N124°7′2″W / 41.67083°N 124.11722°W / 41.67083; -124.11722 Coordinates: 41°40′15″N124°7′2″W / 41.67083°N 124.11722°W / 41.67083; -124.11722
Area31,261 acres (126.51 km2)
Established1925
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation, National Park Service

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is a state park of California, USA, and a component of the Redwood National and State Parks. The property is about half old-growth forest of coast redwoods and includes 8 miles (13 km) of wild Pacific coastline. [1] The park was significantly expanded in 2002 with the 25,000-acre (10,000 ha) Mill Creek Addition. [2] Originally established in 1925, the park is now 31,261 acres (12,651 ha). [3] The park was designated part of the California Coast Ranges International Biosphere Reserve in 1983. [4]

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Proposals for closure

A proposal to close a portion of this park placed it on the list of 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program. The decision was rescinded following public outcry. [5] However, in May 2011 the park was one of 70 state parks threatened with closure. [6] In October 2011 the National Park Service agreed to provisionally take over management of Del Norte Coast Redwoods for one year. [7]

See also

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180° panorama from the Wilson Creek Beach, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park on an early-September afternoon. On the right, HWY 101 crosses Wilson Creek via bridge. Offshore appear Wilson and False-Klamath Rocks

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References

  1. "Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP". California Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  2. "Mill Creek Addition Final General Plan Amendment/Environmental Impact Report" (PDF). California State Parks. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-06.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 26. Retrieved 2011-10-29.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. "U.S. Biosphere Reserves" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  5. CBS5.com: List Of Calif. Parks To Close In Budget Proposal Archived February 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. "State Parks Announces Closures" (PDF) (Press release). California State Parks. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  7. "National Park Service to Help Keep Portions of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park Open Through September 2012" (PDF) (Press release). California State Parks. 2011-10-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2011-12-06.