A transitional committee led by the three presidents of each association (Brianna Cosbie–Empire Mine Park Association, Robert Coats-South Yuba River Park Association, and Holly Mitten-Friends of North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins) will continue to work together until the new foundation is operational, according to a release.
Coats has lent his leadership and expertise to guide the group through the steps necessary to form the new association, to be called the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation. With a target of Oct. 31 to be operational, the team has spent time documenting the assets, existing and future budgets, and mission-related activities projected to take place over the next two years.
A new board will be established, initially including representatives from each of the three existing park support organizations, plus additional individuals with demonstrated interest and expertise to support the state parks.
Each park support association is individually viable, with volunteers and assets; however, by consolidating functions, activities, and energies the new association will be even more robust. The new association will honor previously designated funds, grants, and park-specific event proceeds, to be expended in the park of origin. The long-term picture will be a foundation that generates enhanced support for all three parks.
Matt Green, acting superintendent for the Sierra District, expressed support for the establishment of the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation.
“This model of a super structure to support multiple parks has proven to be very effective,” Green said. “The Sierra State Parks Foundation is a similar organization that supports all of the Tahoe basin state parks, plus Donner Memorial State Park. I look forward to a long and productive beneficial relationship with our Sierra Gold Parks Foundation partners.”
When all three Western Nevada County parks were under the threat of closure due to budget shortfalls, the community rallied together — with elected officials and parks volunteers — to make operational funding available. The repeated threats of closures over the years have led to reliance on park associations to maintain trails and visitor centers, support schools programs and conduct special events.
Source: Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins
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