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California State Parks

General Plans and EIRs

Identification of cultural resources aided state parks in the planning process.

Before establishing GrassRoots, Charlane Gross led efforts to identify cultural resources in several California state parks for planning purposes. Having this information allows State Parks to make informed decisions regarding future development and protection or use of resources by the public.

In some cases, the identification effort required bringing information together from parks staff, the California Historical Resources Information System, and private citizens; while this process could be cumbersome, in some cases it brought all available information together for the first time.

Sonoma Coast State Beach

Sonoma Coast State Beach - Goathead Rock

State Parks archaeologists believe they have identified polished areas high on rock pillars created by Pleistocene mammoths rubbing against them.

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Sinkyone Sate Beach

Located on California's Lost Coast, Sinkyone is so rugged that in the 1870s, loggers had to load timber onto ships using a wire chute cable and block system that carried wood from the bluff directly to a waiting ship.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Located between Napa and Sonoma Counties, this park was the location of some of the earliest viticulture in California including an 1850s vineyard as well as prehistoric quarry sites and historic camps.

Project Tasks

  • Conducted background research and agency consultation
  • Gathered information from multiple resources
  • Provided State Parks archaeologists a more comprehensive view of park resources
Woolly Mammoth