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By Miriam Raftery

January 26, 2012 (Palomar) – Last week, we reported that Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park launched a pledge drive to save this beautiful place from closing forever.  They asked the state to keep the park open if their group can raise $60,000 to fill the gap between revenues and operating expenses. Already, $16,625 has been raised.

Today, chairman Rick Barclay revealed, “We've received a generous matching pledge challenge from Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Wilson of Rancho Santa Fe: If we can raise $30,000 in pledges and donations, they’ll match that amount.”  Now only $13,375 more is needed to reach the $60,000 total.

Although the Department of State Parks in Sacramento has not yet formally confirmed that it will accept the deal, the Department is seriously considering it—and has added a link to the pledge drive on the official Palomar State Park website. 

No money will actually be collected until a partnership is finalized. Showing that all of the money has been pledged will prove that San Diegans are serious about saving this natural treasure in our region. 

ECM’s editor and many of our readers have already made donations, as we believe our region’s most spectacular natural resources, historical and cultural sites should be preserved for future generations.  If you agree, please click here to donate and your pledge will be matched dollar for dollar.


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