California governor reverses course on state park closures

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will close far fewer than 100 state parks as his administration had previously planned, and he has dropped plans to release a list of targeted parks this month.

Backing away from an issue that prompted growing criticism and threatened the governor's environmental legacy, Schwarzenegger has asked the state Department of Finance to find other cuts in the state parks budget to minimize the number of parks closed, the governor's office said Tuesday.

"That 100 number isn't something to hang your hat on," said Jeff Macedo, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger. "We wanted to find a way to keep as many parks as possible open. We are still working with the parks department to find other ways to save besides closing parks."

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