State prioritizes Schallenberger project
Acquisition and preservation of 2,500 acres on Schallenberger Ridge has been listed among top priorities of the state if Proposition 12 passes on March 7.
“The Donner Memorial State Park expansion project is the second highest priority land acquisition project for the Sierra District (of the state parks department), and the number one priority project is not one that will require cash expenditure,” Department of Parks and Recreation Sierra District Superintendent Robert G. Macomber wrote to Truckee-Donner Land Trust Executive Director Dan Wendin. “It is therefore our desire to purchase the trust’s Schallenberger and Coldstream lands when money for land acquisition becomes available to us through a bond act or otherwise.”
The Department of Parks and Recreation Sierra District stretches from Bodie in the south to Plumas in the north.
Passage of Proposition 12 – the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000 – will provide to California $1.16 billion for the acquisition and preservation of recreational and natural lands.
Another $940 million derived from passage of the proposition will be slated for grants to local governments and non-profit groups for trails and habitat acquisition and restoration.
“This act will revive state stewardship of natural resources by investing in neighborhood parks and state parks, clean water protection, and coastal beaches and scenic areas,” the state legislature wrote. “The magnificent Pacific Coast, outstanding mountain ranges and unique scenic regions are the source of tremendous economic opportunity and contribute enormously to the quality of life of Californians. Continued economic success and enjoyment derived from California’s natural resources depends on maintaining clean water, healthy ecosystems and expanding public access for a growing state … This act will begin to address these critical neighborhood park and natural resources needs.”
The voter information guide’s argument against Proposition 12 states that California suffers no shortage of publicly-owned lands and lacks the resources to manage currently owned lands. New land acquisition means new administrative costs, the argument states.
California taxpayers will have to spend $3.738 billion to repay this $2.1 billion bond, the argument also states.
The argument supporting passage of Proposition 12 states that the bond will provide safe places for children to play and will protect our environment while enhancing the state’s economy.
Supporters of Proposition 12 include the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the Congress of California Seniors, the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club, the California Chamber of Commerce and the Truckee Town Council.
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