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Nevada County supes to Jerry Brown: Don’t close our parks

Kyle Magin
Sun News Service

NEVADA COUNTY, Nev. and#8212; The cost of closing two Nevada County state parks will outweigh the savings, county leaders said.

On Tuesday, two Nevada County Supervisors are asking their board colleagues to sign on to a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown protesting the closure of Malakoff Diggins and South Yuba River state parks.

Both parks were tabbed by the State Parks department in May for closure, two of 70 statewide in order to save $11 million in state funds this year and $22 million next year. Two other Nevada County state parks and#8212; Empire Mine and Donner Memorial and#8212; escaped closure.

In a letter to the board urging it to approve a message to Jerry Brown, Supervisors Hank Weston (Dist. 4) and Ted Owens (Dist. 5) point out the parks and#8212; which cover large tracts of land along the Yuba Riverand#8212; aren’t easily closed to access, something state officials said would be a criteria for closure.

and#8220;Without a plan to address theft, vandalism, resource degradation, crime, injuries, failures of infrastructure systems and the extreme likelihood of catastrophic fire from illegal campsites, we believe these impacts will eventually cost the state more than the purported $11-$22 million in savings that these closures are supposed to achieve,and#8221; Owens and Weston wrote in the letter.

Earlier this week, officials from the Tahoe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management also expressed concern about the threat posed to adjacent public lands by wildfire and vandals coming out of the unsupervised state parks.

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Supervisors meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Eric W. Rood Administrative Building on 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City.