SACRAMENTO – California state parks are underfunded and have a $1.2 billion backlog in maintenance projects, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit advocacy group. In its annual report, the California State Parks Foundation also found that proposed development threatens at least six state parks. Lawmakers approved the largest-ever budget increase for the state’s 278 parks last year, but as much as 60 percent of that increase could be taken away in the budget year that begins in July, the group says. “The path to sustainable funding and permanent park protection remains a challenge for the near horizon,” foundation president Elizabeth Goldstein said in a statement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!