Take Action, Help us Protect California Open Spaces, State Parks, Coastal Areas & Beaches

Sometimes we need to help preserve our natural places...so below, a few quick and easy action items.  Please also pass this on to anyone interested.  Thanks! 

** Take Action before March 13th, 2013 **

The Toll Roads attempting to construct the 241 toward San Onofre State Beach a few miles at a time -- this segment destroys a watershed & foothill habitats.  Please read more at the link below and sign the petition before the 3/13 meeting.  Thanks! 

For background info about the toll road issue see "Save Trestles" at the bottom of this page. 

Grizzly Bear National Monument
Designation of the Santa Ana Mountains & Cleveland National Forest as the Grizzly Bear National Monument.  How to help here, also looking to build the list of supporters--send an email to be added, see bottom of the page: 

Save Gaviota Coast!
76 miles of undeveloped scenic California coastline in Santa Barbara County...for now.  Gaviota Coast includes three California State Parks.  Take a photo tour, learn more about the issue and sign a petition, click below:


** Take Action by Next Mon. Feb 25th, 2013 **

Help stop the “Vegetation Management” plan by the state to massively treat our wildlands—the proposed plan is vague, does not outline exactly what work will occur where and how and could lead to further development of our natural areas, threaten native plants/wildlife and pollute air and our watersheds all without any further public review or input.
  The treatment proposal includes all vegetation types: forest, chaparral, sage scrub, etc.  Help convince the state to dump this plan and perhaps develop better plans to fit each area & vegetation type and local needs without cutting out the public’s voice instead of the "one plan fits all" proposal we are petitioning against.  Thanks! 

Petition by The California Chaparral Institute: Stop Plan to Target 38 Million Acres of Habitat in California for Clearance “…calling on the California Board of Forestry to retract its proposed habitat clearance program that targets 1/3 of the state of California with herbicides, grinding machines, and unnatural fire…” 

Read more about this issue and sign the petition at the link below:


Save Palomar Mountain State Park
Another one of 70 state parks scheduled to close in 2012 due to California State budget crisis.  This park was not scheduled to close until July 2012 but recently all campgrounds were suddenly closed for good--over 180 reservations were cancelled as a result.  The campground has reopened, click here for reservations -- donations and higher attendance could help save this park from permanent closure :) 

What can you do to help?  "Like" the Save Palomar Facebook Group to show your support and for all the lastest news and actions: 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Palomar-Mountain-State-Park/108939999195589?sk=info also see the Friends of Palomar State Park website:  http://www.palomarsp.org

As of May 2012 the effort to Save Palomar is making progress but still needs help, mainly donations.  See the recent news article "Group has raised $28K to keep Palomar Mountain State Park open

Take action, please send a letter, details at:  http://www.palomarsp.org/closure/save.htm

Recent news "Palomar Mtn Park Closing Ahead of Schedule?"
The park is supposed to remain open for day use only until July 2012. 

Recent news article on AB 42 & Palomar Mtn SP:  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/04/governor-signs-bill-key-to-fate-of-palomar/

Park info:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=637

Doane Pond (click to enlarge)

Save Picacho State Recreation Area
Another one of 70 parks on the budget cut closure list.  Show your support and "Like" Save Picacho on Facebook at
(just to "like" a page alone helps by showing support of our state parks, please read thru their page to find out the latest news and how to help)

Prove the economic value of State Parks! 

A study was released estimating each state parks visitor spends about $58 in its local area.  When you camp or visit a state park, if you spend any money in it's surrounding community save your receipts, total them up and send that information to all the elected officials and to California State Parks.  Real numbers from real people.  This summer my camp group's receipts (5 days at McGrath, 4 campsites of people) added up to a little over $1200.00 we spent in the local community--we sent all the details of this to all the officials (city, county, state & state parks).  Real proof State Parks are good for business and not a wise budget decision to close them down!

Email and Phone number California Governor Jerry Brown:

Find your California State Representatives Contact info:

You may be familiar with the studies showing the economic worth of State Parks, the avg amount spent locally per parks visitor.  When I visit a State Park and spend any $$ in the parks local area I write that City, County, my state reps and I give exact numbers and sometimes mail copies of my receipts.  I tell them about my visit to the park and what I like about other attractions in their city (examples: other parks/beaches, natural preservations, restaurants, shopping, things to see, etc).  I get a lot of great feedback from local governments.  And "Real numbers from real people" backs up what all the studies are saying.  The same is true for our National Parks--here is a recent article "Economic Value of a National Park":  http://laist.com/2012/02/28/want_to_know_the_economic_value_of_a_local_national_park.php When you travel to visit a state or national park track what you spend locally and contact the elected officials as I described, it really does help to show the travel & tourism worth of our parks.  Thx!

Coe Park Preservation Fund, Henry W. Coe State Park 
(Coe has been granted an extra 3 years to remain opened...although encouraging many of our saved parks still will need help)

One of 70 on the California State Parks Closure list, scheduled to close July 2012...but maybe not.  Check out the link below and the photos, beautiful park! 
A fun way to help, visit Coe!  Park info & reservations: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=561

Latest word is Coe will remain opened for 3 more years, see http://coeparkfund.org/ for details.

Fun way to help Coe -- go there!  (Higher park attendance will help.)

Past Campaigns:

Save Saved Trestles and San Mateo Campground!

Or did we?  Here is the latest, article on the San Diego Union-Tribune:
 "Toll-road war isn’t over As San Onofre highway project regroups, foes prepare for next battle"  check out the article reader comments, add a comment supporting Save Trestles if you could please.  Thx!

12/19/08 the US Secretary of Commerce rules against the toll road.  A million thanks to all who participated to preserve OUR state park and beach.  Read the story here on the NOAA's site:  http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2008/20081218_tca.html

Our state parks & beaches should not be sacrificed for development of any kind... Stop never allow the 241 Toll Road Extension through Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy, San Mateo Creek Watershed and San Mateo Campground/San Onofre State Beach

Here is an example of TCA's work...build a toll road over the habitat of rare and endangered species and then block access to the trails around the toll road and then blame the mountain bikers for destruction of that habitat.  Don't let this be San O's future too.  Read the article here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trail-browne-area-2246181-signs-people

Is this the future of San Onofre if this toll road is built?  See this picture at:

This toll road project would have caused 60% closure of
San Onofre State Beach, impact water quality and sediment flow to Trestles Beach, cut through San Mateo Campground causing loss of campsites and peacefulness of the area, destroy wildlife habitat including that of 11 endangered species and pave the way for further development of the San Mateo Creek Watershed and surrounding foothills.  San Mateo Watershed is our last natural watershed left in Southern California, stretching from the Santa Ana Mountains/Cleveland National Forest to the ocean at San O.  Further inland this toll road would cut through Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy (a natural preserve, mitigation for the Talega development).

The Toll Roads have been failing financially for some time now, which has been widely publicized.  Now TCA is asking for a Federal bailout on their failing roads!  TCA has always claimed their roads are not financed in any way by taxpayer $$$, so this is directly against what they have been telling the public all along.  A federal bailout will hurt other badly needed transportation projects all over the country!  A waste of taxpayer $$$ for roads very few people drive--and we are supposed to give up our preserves, campgrounds and a state beach for this?  This bailout request has hit the news from coast to coast.  Read about it on latimes.com: 

Save Trestles! Click this picture below:
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San Mateo Camp/creek view toward Trestles. Click picture, see how it would look with a toll road.

In February 2008, California Coastal Commission denied the proposed toll road project, The toll road company (TCA) appealed to the Federal Government for which a public hearing was held September 22, 2008.  The Feds (US Secretary of Commerce) must make a decision on the fate of San Onofre by January 2009.  Now we wait...

If you missed the September hearing I've included videos from YouTube.  Toward the end of the video at the top a young man recites his public testimony speech for the cameras before giving his testimony to the feds.  Very good.

Watch these websites for the latest word on the Save Trestles/Save San Onofre issue:

September 21st, the night before the hearing this article runs in the Orange County Register, written about TCA's claims that polls indicate the majority of citizens are for the toll road.  I have NEVER seen a single real survery that supports their claim. Read the article here and make sure to browse through the reader comments, some toll road opponents have made some very good points:

9/9/08, recent survey says the majority oppose the toll road.  To read the survey click here.

New 4/24/08 -- Go to
http://www.ocregister.com/news/should-news-extension-2024321-be-built  and Vote NO the toll road should not be built!

Not familar with the toll roads no compete clause, this page explains it well:

Unbelievable!  This is TCA's 28 page document submitted to US Secretary of Commerce, NOAA outlining why they believe the California Coastal Commission's ruling denying the toll road construction through San Onofre should be overturned, this will give you a good idea what they are basing their appeal on:  http://www.ogc.doc.gov/czma.nsf/36C2FC1A36D07A0F8525744E007420BB/$File/TCA+Reply+Brief.pdf?OpenElement

Link to a letter submitted to NOAA by State of California regarding the State's opposition to the appeal:  http://www.ogc.doc.gov/czma.nsf/8353FE94E9C27F4785257451006E93A1/$File/CCC+Opposition+to+additional+authority.pdf?OpenElement

9/17/08, TCA sent out a mailer to residents claiming those who oppose the toll road want to build it through San Clemente neighborhoods and connect to Pico!!!! NOT TRUE!  We oppose all realignments through housing or state parks!  Don't believe these tactics. 

See these recent news articles regarding the upcoming hearing and add your comments, email or write letters to the editors and reporters so they know all the real facts:

New 6/14/08:
Apparently TCA has had some private opportunities in the appeal process to the US Secretary of Commerce, for which the public did not have the opportunity to be present.  And Lt. Governor Garamendi is not too happy about it, so he wrote the US Dept of Commerce a letter, read it here:

This week TCA also announced they will be spending $35,000 a month on lobbying efforts.  A federal committee has been assigned the task of coordinating an objective evaluation of alternatives to the toll road extension which TCA has meddled in the process rendering it incapable of being objective.

Read more at: 

So, let's get this straight...the public only had the opportunity to comment for 30 days.  But TCA gets access to US Commerce without the public presence?  And they get the opportunity to influence the alternatives committee?  And now they are spending $35K a month to lobby?  Something is wrong here!!!

Just in 6/5/08:
27 members of Congress and 35 members of California State Legislature signed letters to US Secretary of Commerce to uphold the California Coastal Commission ruling.  Read them at Surfriders website here:

Seems those Toll Roads aren't doing so good $$$, read it here:

Thank you Trestles supporters!  The last letter writing campaign to the US Secretary of Commerce asking to uphold the Feb 6th, 2008 California Coastal Commission ruling disallowing the 241 Toll Road--over 25,000 letters were received by the US Commerce Dept.

In the news, see LA Times Article "Army engineers criticize toll agency"
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-tollroad15apr15,1,6932249.story  More deceptive tactics by TCA once again.

Tejon Ranch, Castac Lake
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Tejon Ranch, future site of new city "Tejon Mountain Village". Click photo for enlarged view

Preserve Tejon Ranch as a New Natural Park

May 19, 2008:  The Tejon Ranch Model, Los Angeles Times Opinion article:

May 10, 2008:  Just last week a deal was made with Tejon Ranch to preserve the majority of the ranch but the two new cities would still be developed, a total of 26,400 new homes.  See LATimes article at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tejon8-2008may08,0,25201.story.  In trade for 178,000 acres to be set aside for preservation with an option to purchase 62,000 more acres to preserve.  A 49,000 acre state park will be created and 10,000 acres will be used to realign a 37 mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.
More information on the preserve can be found at http://www.tejonpreserve.com/

The past campaign:
The entire Tejon Pass area is a very unique biological habitat, very well known for it's wildflowers.  See our Tejon page for pictures of this area.  The California desert, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Southern California region and Central Valley all join here, a combination of four geographic regions with a unique habitat of plants and animals found literally no where else.  And they plan to build a huge pre-planned city on the whole thing.  Prevent more urban sprawl, please take a moment to send these two letters below supporting preservation of the area instead.
Save Tejon Ranch website's campaign to Make Tejon Ranch into a new State or National Park: http://www.savetejonranch.org/action/index.php

Save Tejon

Protect Southern California Rivers, send a letter to support the California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act, campaign from Friends of the River

The Desert and Mountain Heritage Act protects nearly 210,000 acres of public lands and rivers in Riverside County, 31 miles in the San Jacinto Mountains as Wild & Scenic Rivers and expands wilderness protection for sensitive watersheds throughout the region, just to mention a few protections provided by this act.  For more info click here

Please send a letter supporting this act using the link below: https://secure2.convio.net/fotr/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=107

Photos and Information:

Save Trestles!
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This is what the area looks like today, click the picture to see how it would look with a toll road.

To view more photos of areas concerned with Save Trestles see our San Onofre State Beach Page, San Mateo Campground page, Panhe Trail Page, Pocket Mouse Hill page, Donna ONeill Land Conservancy page and San Mateo Creek Natural Preserve page.  Also check out the slide show on surfline.com showing the area today and artist Gary Headrick's rendition showing how San Onofre will look with a toll road at http://www.surfline.com/surfnews/photo_bamp.cfm?id=13362&ad=1

Tejon Ranch, the site of the new city "Centennial"
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View of Quail Lake from Old Ridge Route

To view more photos of the Tejon Ranch area visit our

Will these wildflower fields be spared?
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Gorman hills will be surrounded by two new cities & may become the Gorman Post Ranch development.

To view more photos of the Gorman area see our Gorman Wildflowers page.  Gorman Post Road is just on the other side of the hills from Quail Lake and the future city of Centennial.  Gorman is just South of Fort Tejon and Tejon Ranch off the I5 which is the site of future city Tejon Mountain Village.  These two new cities also call for an expansion of a nearby coal burning power plant.  It is said the City of Centennial will include houses on the wildflower field covered hilltops along Gorman Post Road.  UCLA College students proposed to make the Gorman Post Road wildflower fields into the "Gorman Wildflower Preserve".  Google search the words "Gorman Wildflower Preserve for more information.