The dramatic history and scenic beauty of California State Parks – the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation – is illuminated in this film. From Yosemite, California’s first state park, the narrative moves through the individual stories of citizen action that preserved many of California’s most celebrated landscapes as state parks. Historic places that commemorate crucial chapters of the story are also explored, as well as key battles within the history of conservation in America. These victories saved much of that landscape and led to the creation of the National Park Service and the protection of wilderness. The film reveals how the natural beauty and cultural history of California inspired, and continues to inspire, citizens to preserve and protect its storied places – forever. Directed by David Vassar. Produced by David Vassar and Sally Kaplan.

California Forever: The Story of California State Parks

2012 US 60 min
Festival Year: 2012
Types: Documentary
Topic: Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Global Perspectives, Local, Sustainable Living, Wildlife