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Support still going strong for California State Parks

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; With more need than ever to support local state parks, folks in the foothills and mountain towns of the Sierra Nevada are doing their part to donate what they can to the Olmsted Park Fund.

On the San Juan Ridge, close to $1,500 was collected in donations at Mother Truckersand#8217; grocery store. In Truckee and Tahoe City, buckets at New Moon Natural Foods have filled with close to $1,000 in donations.

and#8220;I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mother Truckersand#8217; grocery store and New Moon Natural Foods for their support of saving our state parks. When many larger organizations had yet to step forward, businesses like Mother Truckers and New Moon were completely supportive and willing to help my efforts, further solidifying their concern for the local community,and#8221; said Alden Olmsted, executive director for the Olmsted Park Fund.

Davi Heintz, bookkeeper of New Moon Natural Foods, decided to host a bucket a few months ago after catching the tail end of an interview with Olmsted and broadcaster Cheri Snook on KVMR FM radio.

and#8220;I was struck by Aldenand#8217;s idea that if everyone in California gave just $1 we could save the state parks from closure,and#8221; Heintz said.

She donated a small amount through Olmstedand#8217;s website and later hosted a bucket at both New Moon Natural Foods locations.

and#8220;This is truly a grass roots movement and I am so happy to be able to help out in any way that I can. It is inspiring to see Aldenand#8217;s idea have so much impact and to see success start to happen,and#8221; Heintz said.

Last month, the California Department of Parks and Recreation agreed to keep Jug Handle State Natural Reserve open one more year thanks to a combined contribution of $19,000 from the Olmsted Park Fund and the California State Park Foundation.

Alden Olmsted, son of the late naturalist John D. Olmsted, established the Olmsted Park Fund in response to a closure list of 70 state parks. Since he began a bucket campaign last summer at various locations throughout the state, supporters have contributed $30,000 to help keep state parks open.

This Sunday, April 22, Alden will participate in the Earth Day activities at Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley, where he will set up a table for the Olmsted Park Fund. Donations are welcome.

From there, Alden will rush off to the San Francisco premiere of the beautiful, short documentary film, and#8220;The First 70and#8221; about the 70 state parks originally slated for closure. Filmmakers are donating proceeds from the film to the Olmsted Park Fund.

To learn more about First 70 visit http://sportsbasement-thefirst70.eventbrite.com/.

To watch a trailer of the film visit http://vimeo.com/32192929″http://vimeo.com/32192929.

To learn more about the Olmsted Park Fund visit http://www.olmstedparkfund.org/.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com