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Hollywood looks to preserve its natural back lot: state parks

September 21, 2010 |  4:26 pm

Symphoria Along with the sunny weather and world-class crews, California offers something else that is sought by filmmakers: an abundance of state parks with diverse landscapes, from the redwood forests in Northern California to the desert of Anza-Borrego and the vast beaches and rocky coves of Point Dume.

But there’s growing concern in the film community that state parks, which are severely underfunded and at risk of closing or falling into disrepair because of the state’s budget crisis, could get written out of the filmmaking script.

That's why the Location Managers Guild of America and others in the entertainment industry are rallying behind an upcoming ballot initiative,  Proposition 21, that would provide a reliable source of funding for state parks. Read more about the California state parks initiative in our Company Town blog.

-- Richard Verrier