Fifty years ago, Plumas County celebrated the grand opening of Plumas-Eureka State Park. A half-century later, we are in danger of losing our county’s only state park. PESP is on the list of parks the state plans to close by July 2012.
Since the list was announced May 13, the state’s plans have hit a few snags. For starters, the feds say it may be illegal for the state to close certain parks. The National Park Service says 16 California parks — PESP is not one — receive grants through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. By grant contract, the state is supposed to keep the parks in public use for perpetuity.