Special Announcement

 

NEW ROUND OF PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR FALL 2019 ANNOUNCED FOR RED ROCK GENERAL PLAN REVISION

RED ROCK CANYON INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION  IS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO RECLASSIFICATION OF RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK IN CONCEPT PROPOSALS PROPOSED DURING GENERAL PLAN REVISION PROCESS ON MARCH 26TH 2019

WE ARE ASKING FOR EVERYONE TO STEP UP AND ASK FOR RED ROCK TO BE PROTECTED. PLEASE ATTEND OR COMMENT FOLLOWING THE NEXT ROUND OF PUBLIC MEETINGS ON OCTOBER 23RD, 24TH AND 25TH 2019

The Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association (RRCIA) strongly supports a General Plan for Red Rock Canyon State Park that offers inspirational public access and enjoyment while ensuring the park and its invaluable resources remain prized and protected for all future generations.   It is one of California’s best treasures.

The RRCIA vehemently opposes California State Parks current consideration of downgrading safeguards by reclassifying the State Park into a less protected State Recreation Area. Red Rock Canyon simply does not meet the legal criteria or intent, as put forth in Public Resources Code 5019.56, to be a State Recreation Area. In addition, Red Rock Canyon is surrounded on three sides by Bureau of Land Management properties and the new Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area, which allow liberal recreation, especially for vehicles. With such opportunity next door, these values do not need to be duplicated within the sensitive confines of spectacular Red Rock Canyon State Park.

Please join us in making your voice heard to PROTECT RED ROCK.

SIMILAR DESERT STATE PARKS SHOULD BE MANAGED IN A COMPARABLE FASHION

It is logical to expect that within California State Parks, parks that bear similar resources and similar sensitivities should be managed in a similar fashion.  Since the 1982 General Plan for Red Rock Canyon perhaps 10 species new to science have been identified from within or adjacent to the park.  More local endemic plants and animals have also been discovered.  Field research and archival studies have flourished providing volumes of new information about the sensitivity as well as the impressive biologic, cultural, geological and paleontological resources of this park.  Documentation has also occurred regarding certain recreational impacts.

The known resources of Red Rock Canyon are on a par with those documented for Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Anza Borrego accomplished its General Plan in 2005. The State Parks General Planning Handbook states “General planning considers the unit within the larger context of the State Park System, using and referencing statewide plans already in place” (page 18).

Unless very specific and detailed objections can be raised, Anza Borrego’s General Plan should be a strong model for Red Rock Canyon’s General Plan Revision.

For More Information CHECK BACK TO OUR GENERAL PLAN UPDATE PAGE AS WE WILL TRY TO KEEP PUBLIC INFORMED OF WHAT IS HAPPENING

You can also visit the website State Parks put together for the purpose of disseminating information on the continuance of the General Plan Process for Red Rock.  That Website is:  www.RedRockGP.com

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PROTECTING RED ROCK CANYON FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS