CALIFORNIA FOREVER: PARKS AND THE FUTURE
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CALIFORNIA FOREVER: PARKS AND THE FUTURE (USA, 2012, 60 min.)
World Premiere The future of California State Parks is considered within the context of trends that will soon threaten parks everywhere: population growth, decline of native plants and animals, loss of open space and climate change. This episode highlights a number of threats that state parks are currently facing, which include road building through park lands, construction of high voltage transmission lines across desert parks, industrial development along park borders and the impact of climate change and sea level rise on natural areas. The film concludes with the financial meltdown of 2008 and its impact on state budgets. Parks across the country are threatened with closure. Even in California, the birthplace of the park idea, one in four state parks is scheduled to close. Directed by David Vassar. Produced by David Vassar and Sally Kaplan. 2011 Award for Cinematography and Best Educational Value, International Wildlife Film Festival.
Opening remarks by Rich Weideman, National Park Service Assistant Director for Partnerships and Civic Engagement. Discussion with filmmakers David Vassar and Sally Kaplan follows screening.
CALIFORNIA FOREVER: THE STORY OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS, part one of this series, will be shown at 3:00 on Sunday, March 18 at the National Museum of American History.
FREE. No reservations required.