The First 70

Genre:  Documentary

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In May 2011, the State of California announced plans to close one quarter of its 278 parks. The closure list included thousands of acres of park land, recreation areas, wildlife reserves, and 50% of the state's historic parks.

Upon learning that the state would save merely $22 million with these closures--while undermining local economies--three young filmmakers set out to visit the first 70 parks that were doomed to close. Along the 3,000 mile trek, they capture both the majesty of the state's parks and the outrage of local community members, park rangers and environmental activists who are confounded by the State's financial logic, yet determined to keep these wondrous expanses of beauty open to the public.

This film is an awe-inspiring journey through California's most historic natural treasures that highlights the ongoing fight to keep them open for future generations.

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