Magazine article Sunset

Big News under the Sea

Magazine article Sunset

Big News under the Sea

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A new park system is being formed - but not where you think. It's underwater. And in loo years, this could be viewed the way the establishment of our national parks is seen today. In 2012, California will complete the nation's first-ever statewide network of marine protected areas, which will preserve kelp forests, reefs, and tidepools in sanctuaries scattered down the coast like a string of pearls, maintaining them for divers and kayakers as well. Iconic spots like Cape Mendocino and the Point Reyes Headlands will get new safeguards, docents are even being trained to give tours. Other states are catching on too - and we hope this means our entire coast will be protected in the years to come.

Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area This patch of paradise off Orange County California, draws tidepoolers as well as surfers and divers. Sign up for yearround docent tours. parks.ca.gov

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