July is upon us which means dooms day for many California state parks. It makes me so sad to see these closures but I am happy to see some folks were equally saddened. Jarratt Moody, Lauren Valentino and Cory Brow set out to see the 70 state parks slated to close before it was too late. They created a documentary call The First 70 about the situation. Here's a bit of background from the site if you are unfamiliar:
"Last May California announced plans to close one quarter of their 278 parks, a devastating move that is intended to save the state a mere $22 million per year. The closure list includes thousands of acres of park land, recreation areas, wildlife reserves, and 50% of the state's historic parks. By July 2012 Californians will be bereft of 70 magnificent natural parks. The media has done little to disclose the ongoing closures or emphasize their impact."
The first 70 looks like a gorgeous piece and I can't wait to watch it.
Here's the trailer:
If you're in SF you can watch The First 70 on PBS on Tuesday, July 17 @ 10:30 p.m.
Comcast, either 22(SD) or 722(HD) or 200 in some areas.
I wish they made prints of some of the epic shots they have featured in the trailer. I'd love to turn my hallway into a forest of forest photos.