Peter Fimrite
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2009

[efoods]California could lose millions of dollars in federal grants and the National Park Service could seize land in six parks, including Angel Island, if the state goes through with a proposal to close 219 state parks, officials said Wednesday.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s closure list includes 67 state parks that would probably stop receiving federal funds if they were shut down, National Park Service officials said. In May, the governor proposed closing 80 percent of the state’s parks to help fill the state’s gaping deficit.

Portions of six other parks that used to be owned by the federal government but were transferred to the state could be taken back if they were closed, said David Siegenthaler, the project manager for two National Park Service programs that provide money to the California State Parks.

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