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State Parks to close Newton Drury Scenic Parkway at night

California State Park officials are closing the Newton B. Drury Parkway to nighttime access beginning March 1st.

Park officials say the closure is due to an increase in wood poaching crimes occurring along the parkway. Much of the illegal poaching occurs at night. It usually involves cutting burl and bunion growths from both standing and fallen old-growth redwood trees. It is then sold for construction materials, ornamental furniture and souvenirs. Officials say the closure is a proactive step in preserving our natural resources. The hours of closure will be variable as the time of sunset and sunrise changes. The parkway will remain open as usual during the daylight hours.

Access to Elk Prairie Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is still available both night and day by taking the Newton B. Drury Parkway exit 753 off of Highway 101.