Volunteers Needed at 24 California State Parks Statewide April 16 for Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup Event

Volunteers are needed at select California state parks on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 for the 18th Annual California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

California’s state parks need this annual refurbishment. The chronic underfunding of the state parks system has resulted in a backlog in overdue maintenance projects of approximately $1.3 billion, the elimination of many education programs for kids, reduced staffing, and curtailed operating hours. 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, tree planting and restoring wildlife habitats are just some of the projects planned for Earth Day.

This annual event is made possible by the generous support of our program sponsors including PG&E, Edison International, Oracle, and Southern California Gas Company, and the contributions from our refreshment providers Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Nature’s Path.

Since its inception in 1998, CSPF’s Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup program has resulted in 81,670 participants contributing more than 334,301 volunteer hours worth nearly $6.39 million in park maintenance and improvements. Additionally, more than $4.6 million has been raised for the Earth Day program.

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Visit calparks.org/earthday for a complete list of volunteer sites and times.

TO VOLUNTEER: Individuals, groups or businesses interested in volunteering on Earth Day should register athttp://www.calparks.org/help/earth-day/ or call 1-888-98-PARKS.

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