Conclusion. The challenges that face California's state parks are detailed, including habitat destruction by overuse; and possible park closures due to budget constraints. Also: reclaiming land for parks in urban settings; celebrating diverse cultures and histories, including the Chinese who arrived at the Angel Island Immigration Station and the freed slaves who created an agrarian community at what is now Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.
Part 1 of 2. The story of California's state parks begins in 1852 with the discovery of the giant sequoias by hunter Augustus T. Dowd; and includes the founding of California's first state park, Yosemite, in 1864. Also: the preservation of Big Sur, Point Lobos, Lake Tahoe and the Anza-Borrego Desert.