Jack London State Historic Park becomes first park saved under new law, AB 42

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Jack London State Historic Park honors volunteers from Valley of the Moon Natural History Association

In September 2011, California State Parks honored volunteers from Valley of the Moon Natural History Association in the old winery ruins of Jack London State Historic Park

Today, California State Parks approved the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association’s bid to run Jack London State Historic Park near Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. Congratulations to Greg Hayes, Elisa Stancil and their colleagues for working hard to keep this treasure alive.

The ultimate word is I LIKE … The thing I like most of all is personal achievement … The more difficult the feat, the greater the satisfaction of its accomplishment. ~ Jack London

The agreement today represents the first one made possible by Assembly Bill 42, authored by Assembly Member Jared Huffman. The law authorizes California State Parks to enter into operating agreements directly with up to 20 nonprofits to save parks from closure.

 Book jacket for Jack London's Valley of the MoonNonprofits and other entities have rescued at least 14 parks around the state that were slated for closure by the California Department of Parks and Recreation by July 1, 2012. Before today, all of the other deals involved one of the following arrangements:

The Valley of the Moon Natural History Association is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit founded in 1977. Since then, a group of ardent volunteers have supported educational and interpretive programs for three Valley of the Moon (Sonoma Valley) state parks including: Jack London State Historic Park, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Annadel State Park. Valley of the Moon Natural History Association logo

According to the California State Parks press release, the agreement and proposed operating plan covers a five-year period with a one-year extension. It calls for the park to be open at least 36 hours per week with the Association responsible for daily maintenance, visitor services, volunteer staffing, protection of natural and historic resources and interpretation.

The association will begin operating the park on May 1st. You can make a donation here.

Previous posts on Jack London park:

View from Jack London's cottage

View from Jack London’s cottage

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  • elisa stancil

    Thank you so much, Christine, for your beautiful pictures and great coverage of this historic moment! Our board and many many able volunteers, plus our brand new STAFF (!) will do all we can to love and care for this magnificent land, the touchstone to London’s bohemian, visionary life, known as Beauty Ranch! What a privilege and honor it is to secure this park for future generations, and…hey…for us to enjoy today!

    • christine

      Writing about Jack London park is an absolute pleasure! So many of us are grateful that you, Greg Hayes and other members of your board and volunteers dedicated many months to making this happen. This park is a magical place.

  • Ron Iudice

    FYI, The California State Mining and Mineral Museum Association has just submitted an agreement with State Parks to run the Mineral Museum. Wish us luck.

    Ron Iudice


    • christine

      Ron: Thanks for sharing your news and the link to your campaign. I will pass this on to colleagues. Good luck! – Christine

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