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California’s Top 10 Natural Treasures

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California’s Top 10 Natural Treasures

Just as the U.S. Congress passed budget measures that will cut spending on the EPA’s Land and Water Conservation Fund by $149m, or 33 percent, the Nature Conservancy announced its “Top Ten California Treasures.”

These treasures are California’s most iconic parks and recreation areas, but thanks to budget cuts their future will be in jeopardy.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund uses money from federal oil and gas leases to create parks, protect wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities for all Americans. In its nearly 50-year history, the program has protected almost seven million acres of parkland and natural areas across the country and more than 37,000 parks and recreation projects in America—including some of California’s most iconic and recognizable places—that are crucial for attracting tourists, funding jobs and generating tax revenue for the state.

The LWCF has been particularly important for California, which has received approximately $1.2 billion over the past four decades—double the amount received by any other state.

Keep reading to view stunning pictures of these wild places, and learn how you can help save the nation’s most important natural areas for future generations.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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9:37PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

beautiful

8:19AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

my sister will be working in California for a few months and I'll be visiting her. Great ideas for my touristy travel plans - thanks

4:47PM PDT on May 23, 2011

Thanks for this beaut!

5:32AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

I want to visit California. Now! :) Tnank you.

11:09AM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

lovely pictures ty

12:25PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

beautiful pictures

10:36PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

thanks for the beautiful article.

4:34AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

thanks

11:55AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Great Places to die for!!

11:55AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Fantastic Places to die for!!

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