"Let's make Merced County a national park."
I overheard this call to action at a recent meeting.
Perhaps you aren't as familiar with Merced County as I am. It is located in the Central Valley, north of Madera and Fresno Counties, south of Stanislaus County, and abutting Santa Clara County on the west side. It includes about 2,000 square miles of land.
It is home to the cities of Merced, Livingston, Atwater, and Los Banos as well as Dos Palos and Gustine. Merced has the new UC Merced campus. You may have heard of the other cities, but maybe not.
It has lots of swamps or sloughs or wetlands (or whatever they're called in this case) where the San Joaquin River flows. Duck hunters love it. It's got rugged, barren hills on the west which burn regularly. It goes east toward the Sierra foothills.
I'm sure its a great place to live -- good old fashioned small town life and rural atmosphere.
Who do I talk to make the dream come true? Are you with me?