Auburn State Recreation Area: Proposed budget includes funding

$2.7 million would go to fire prevention, public safety
By: Jenifer Gee, Journal News Editor
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The Auburn State Recreation Area could be poised to gain more funding if President Barack Obama’s proposed budget is approved. A portion of the possible federal budget allocates $2.7 million in funding for the Auburn recreation area. Mike Finnegan, area manager for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California area office, said the bureau would administer the funds. He said the bulk of the money, if received, would go to fire pre-suppression efforts such as brush clearing. Finnegan said the remainder would support recreation public safety. He said the bureau expected to have enough funding through this year and the end of next for Auburn and Folsom recreation areas to maintain their current parks and services. “We’re doing everything we can to secure the funding that we need to make sure we provide public safety both in Auburn and Folsom and also support the community interest,” Finnegan said. Finnegan added that the bureau is looking toward establishing stable funding for the recreation areas. “In the long term, you can’t fully depend on federal or state appropriations,” Finnegan said. “We’re going to have to start working toward local partnerships with local cities and counties to see what we can do.” ~ Jenifer Gee