Did you know that the year 2014 commemorates 150 years of California State Parks AND also marks the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant? On June 30 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant setting aside Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove of Big Trees as California’s first state park. Yosemite was in fact a state park before it became a national park. The story of California State Parks – spanning from Yosemite in 1864 to the present day, dramatically comes to life in the two-part PBS Special, “California Forever,” Herein lies not only the spark that ignited the ‘park idea’ and the beginnings of the American conservation movement, but also the challenges parks face now and will face into the future in California, challenges likely to be faced by parks across the nation.
“Those who do not know our conservation history are doomed to repeat the environmental mistakes of the past. CALIFORNIA FOREVER reminds us of the roots of this revolutionary conservation idea… intertwining the national park idea, the state park movement, and the evolving cultural identity of the fastest growing state in the nation. This is real 3-D, taking three different dimensions and integrating them into one richer more textured vision.”
Mark Madison, Ph.D., Historian – Founder, Conservation Film Festival
Discover the History and Celebrate the 150th Anniversary with CALIFORNIA FOREVER.
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