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Eastwood named parks commissioner

December 1, 2001

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— Thinking about skipping out on your camping fees? From now on ask yourself: Do you feel lucky, punk?

Dirty Harry is a parks commissioner.

California Gov. Gray Davis on Friday named actor Clint Eastwood to the California Parks and Recreation Commission. The nine-member body meets every other month to set rules for some of the state's most scenic beaches, forests and historic sites, from Hearst Castle to Big Basin Redwoods Park.

"I'll be the new kid on the block," Eastwood said. "California probably has more diversity in parks than just about any state in the union. There are redwoods, waterfalls, you name it, and they are the best kept secret going. It's important to keep them and nurture them and make sure they stay pristine."

Eastwood, 71, of Pebble Beach, Calif., is the star of more than 50 films, including "High Plains Drifter," "Dirty Harry,' and "Unforgiven," for which he won two Academy Awards.

"The governor made our day," said Rusty Areias, state parks director. "He'll be an outstanding addition to the commission."

Areias, a friend of Eastwood's, asked him to apply when a vacancy came up.

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