California parks are going to feel the budget crunch. Analysts say some will be closed. A state that is rich in parks and preservation of natural wonder needs to find a new way to operate the State Park system.
Yosemite is a National Park, but a vendor runs the lodges and hospitality concessions. In essence a major portion of park operations is privatized. Could something of that nature help fend off the closing of State Parks?
There are a variety of paths to follow. California could reap huge income by selling park land. The idea is repugnant, but if the state closes parks now, mothballing them, what is to say a sale is impossible? Better is a long term lease, say 150 years, to a private operator who is bound to operate according to a state proscribed standard. Better yet, the parks title to "the people" by virtue of a federation of wildlife, recreation, conservation and wilderness groups taking either ownership or the long term lease.
Best, perhaps, is that Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Warren Buffet, George Sroros or even a Kobie Bryant or Mick Jagger, buy the land, put it and an operating endowment and into a public trust.
Must be California dreamin'
While winter feeds your discontent in some areas of the world, we offer a dose of green. There is a downside-pollen is like a dust this week. But, better than snow or ice or gray.
A blue and green world
Happy trails and good napping.