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Supervising Park Ranger Stuart Organo loves the rolling hills and meandering streams of Henry W. Coe State Park. Today, there are no visitors in this huge expanse of land, only a feeling that second-largest state park in the system could be closed due to budget problems.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Coyote Creek meanders through Henry W. Coe State Park northeast of Morgan Hill. Light visitation and low revenues have made California’s second-largest park a target in the state’s budget battles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Quail gather on the rocks in Henry W. Coe State Park. Many parks won’t so much be closed as unsupervised and not maintained.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The dry seed heads of Rose Clover are found along the roads in Henry W. Coe State Park near Morgan Hill. Closing the park would save nearly $600,0000 a year, officials say.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A very worn male Sepia Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium) perches on some small flowers near Coyote Creek in Henry W. Coe State Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

An immature red-tailed hawk soars over the grasslands and meandering streams of Henry W. Coe State Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Many of the old ranch fixtures remain near the headquarters of Henry W. Coe State Park.The 136-acre preserve has 200 miles of trails.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Supervising Park Ranger Stuart Organo loves the rolling hills and meandering streams of Henry W. Coe State Park. “The people that like to use this park are looking for solitude, and we’ve got it in spades,” he says.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Henry W. Coe State Park is the second-largest park in the state. A volunteer group called the Coe Park Preservation Fund has found a benefactor that could help keep the park open.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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