220 California parks to close in worst case scenario





A drastic plan to slash California's budget could mean closing down 220 state parks, including scenic attractions that draw millions of visitors.

Parks on the list include Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay, Will Rogers' Southern California ranch and Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which boasts the world's tallest tree. The Governor's Mansion in Sacramento is on the list, and so is Bodie State Historic Park, one of the best-preserved Old West ghost towns.

A parks spokesman calls the plan "a worst-case scenario," and says officials will try to keep as many parks open as possible. If adopted, the plan would mean layoffs for at least 2,000 park rangers, lifeguards and other workers.



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