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CALIFORNIA: Surfer hospitalized after shark attack

CALIFORNIA: Surfer hospitalized after shark attack | State parks | Scoop.it

California State Park Lifeguard Kevin Brady holds a surfboard with a shark bite in it after an attack at Marina State Beach in Marina, Calif.

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McGhiever's comment, November 2, 2011 7:23 PM
Follow up: "Surfer bitten by shark leaves hospital" (http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/8535891-418/surfer-bitten-by-shark-leaves-hospital.html)
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TEXAS: Property owners, TPWD commission close on state park land near Strawn

After several months, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Strawn-area landowners signed the last of the paperwork Thursday to finalize the purchase of three tracts of property for a future state park.  The $7.6 million purchase buys the state about 3,335 acres of rugged ranch land in rolling, varied terrain surrounding Strawn's 81-acre Tucker Lake.

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State parks on the chopping block across the nation

State parks on the chopping block across the nation | State parks | Scoop.it

That should be something of a blow to the gut.  State parks, and the preserved wilderness they encompass, are crucial to the American cultural identity -- they're part of our heritage, our way of life.  That we're watching as they're put up on the chopping block for some quick cash to feed ballooning budgets is disgraceful -- and it exemplifies the creeping corporatization of the nation.  Permanently closing state parks offers only a quick fix in terms of budgetary impact -- operating parks are relatively inexpensive in contrast to other state functions, and selling them off will generate comparatively tiny sums that will evaporate before the next budget shortfall rolls around.  So what we're seeing here is a permanent loss of lands once intended for all of the public to use -- now access to parks is becoming too expensive for the poor, or those parks are on their way to being sold off to corporate interests altogether.

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INDIANA: Another shot at telling the story of Prophetstown

INDIANA: Another shot at telling the story of Prophetstown | State parks | Scoop.it

So four miles north of Lafayette we have an entire state park dedicated to the memory of Prophetstown, with no decent way to tell what Prophetstown was -- or what it meant to the history of this country and state. At least not with the same care taken to mark the Nov. 7, 1811, Battle of Tippecanoe's victors, with a beautiful county park, a towering monument to Gen. William Henry Harrison and a museum in Battle Ground.  That, we'll be told this week, is about to change.

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NEBRASKA: Plenty of fish in privately owned sea

I'm an Indian Cave State Park guy. It's the only park in Nebraska, maybe other than Ponca, in which you can venture far enough to feel engulfed and embraced by nature.  So rare in Nebraska, where 97 percent of the land is privately owned.  Add to this fact that a good portion of that 3 percent of public land exists in and around cities, and you have precious little space for the general public to experience landscapes owned by the public.

 

Now we hear that one of the prime trout-fishing stretches of the Snake River in north-central Nebraska — which includes the largest waterfall by volume in the state — likely will be sold to create a private fishing reserve, not a public space for any trout fisherman with a state permit to enjoy.

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The 100+ state parks facing closure - Is your favorite park on the list?

The 100+ state parks facing closure - Is your favorite park on the list? | State parks | Scoop.it

The United States is home to 6,624 state parks and has an annual attendance of over 700 million.  Yet state parks are being threatened by budget cuts and economic downturn.  Here's a list of all state parks set to get the axe. Does your favorite make the cut?

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