CSPRA Honorary California State Park Ranger - 19
Clint Eastwood has been chosen as Honorary California State Park Ranger for 2013 by the California State Park Rangers Association (CSPRA).
Eastwood is universally known as an actor, director and producer of motion pictures. In addition to his critically acclaimed productions and acting roles, he has a long history of support and interest in the preservation of open space, outdoor recreation and park protection at the local, state and federal levels.
As a young man in California, Eastwood enjoyed the California State Parks as a surfer at San Onofre State Beach. In 1987, he became the National Spokesman for Take Pride in America (Department of Interior) Campaign in 1987 and produced numerous public service announcements and media presentations promoting the slogan: “Bad Guys Abuse Public Lands, Good Guys Save it”.
In 2001, Eastwood was appointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission by Governor Gray Davis. He was reappointed in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom he supported in the elections of 2003 and 2006 (although Eastwood said he disapproved of the Davis recall in 2003).
In 2004, Eastwood was honored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundations when he was awarded the prestigious “Chairman’s Award” for his efforts to conserve critical wildlife habitat and protect landscapes.
In 2007, Mr. Eastwood hosted a workshop sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service addressing the growing disconnect between children and nature,
Take Pride in America
Eastwood, the vice chairman of the park commission, and commission chairman, Bobby Shriver, led a California State Park and Recreation Commission panel in its unanimous opposition in 2005 to a six-lane 16-mile (26 km) extension of California State Route 241, a toll road that would cut through San Onofre State Beach, one of Southern California's most cherished surfing beaches. Eastwood and Shriver supported a 2006 lawsuit to block the toll road and urged the California Coastal Commission to reject the project, which it did, in February 2008.
Eastwood and Shriver were not reappointed to the commission in March 2008 when their terms expired, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) asked for a legislative investigation into the decision. According to the NRDC and The New Republic, Eastwood and Shriver were not reappointed because they had opposed the extension of California State Route 241 that would cut through San Onofre State Beach. The extension was supported by Governor Schwarzenegger.
In addition to the supportive and challenging position taken by Eastwood on the toll road issue, his multi-year work on the State Park Commission helped to guide and approve numerous State Park General Plans, park projects, and policy direction.
State Park Commissioner Clint Eastwood
shows his new parks ID and Commission badge.