Bee editorial honors our effort to keep Yuba open

Editor’s note: We’re in Sacramento this weekend, for the Second Saturday Art Walk (some Nevada County artists are featured) and Capitol tour with our son. We noticed an editorial in the Bee, honoring this week’s local effort to keep Yuba State Park open.

“Slowly but surely, nonprofits and local communities are exploring what they can do to keep open the 70 state parks slated to close on July 1.

“So far, 10 parks have been removed from the closure list. The latest is a gem in our region, the South Yuba River State Park, with a lovely canyon and covered bridge, near Grass Valley.

“Elementary school students at the public Grass Valley Charter School were among those who lobbied local leaders and helped the South Yuba River Citizens League collect 10,000 petition signatures. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the Nevada City and Grass Valley city councils and Truckee Town Council signed a letter to the governor.

“State Parks officials announced Wednesday that the park will remain open, with new parking fees at entry kiosks and self-serve devices at park entry sites. Nevada County agreed to “no parking” signs along the public road adjacent to the park, so visitors will use the park’s lot and pay the fee.

“The kids and the community still are trying get neighboring Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park off the closure list. That’s the site of the largest hydraulic mining operation in California in the 1870s and early 1880s.”

The rest of the editorial is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

One thought on “Bee editorial honors our effort to keep Yuba open”

  1. When you have the local group that got together to spearhead this campaign it chance of success seemed guaranteed. I know this isn’t true but sitting in the room with Shawn G, Janet C, Caleb D, Miriam L, Joey J, Kathy C, Cara W, Kimberly D-G, Nick M, Rob S and a dozen or more other movers and shakers failure didn’t even seem like an option.

    I thought this campaign was incredible, especially how it brought the community from all spectrum’s together. The biggest segment was showing to elementary school kids how being aware of issues, being passionate about those issues, and becoming proactive about the issue can lead to good things. I think a new generation of activists blossomed on this campaign.

    Great job to everyone involved from the person who went online from another country to sign the petition, to those who canvassed for signatures, those who signed the petition, and to SYRCL for becoming the medium or face of the campaign. It was truly a barn building campaign.

    Side note for Jeff’s sake. It was social media that got this particular campaign started. Cara W posted something on facebook about the issue and that spark started to smolder. Eventually it caught fire.

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