Tesla — a park for preservation or for ORVs?
The 3,400-acre Tesla site, on the eastern boundary of Alameda County 10 miles southeast of Livermore, is home to a large variety of rare, threatened, and endangered plant and wildlife species and is a migration route for many bird species, mountain lions, and tule elk. It contains native American artifacts (some at least 4,000 years old) and is the site of an abandoned historic coal-mining town.
It is owned by the state Parks Department, purchased with funds from the budget of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, which wants to add it to the 1,300-acre Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). For over 30 years Carnegie has been a playground for all sorts of off-road vehicles. This motorized activity has denuded the hills of plant and animal life, and eroded so much sediment into Corral Hollow Creek that the park is under state mandate to repair the creek-bed and mitigate for the damages.
Carnegie is an environmental and aesthetic disaster. Tesla should not be opened for similar abuse. Instead the site should become a non-motorized, low-impact park emphasizing preservation of historic and natural resources.
To work with the Sierra Club to protect Tesla, contact Janis Kate Turner, chair of the Club’s Tri-Valley Group, at (925)443-4372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urge the East Bay Regional Park District to keep Tesla in its Master Plan; see "Speak up to keep Tesla in Park District Master Plan".
Ask your state senator and assemblymember to help defend Tesla; see "Contact your legislators to help save Tesla Park".
When the Off-Highway Division finishes its EIR on this project, we will need you to write letters. To be sure of being notified, sign up for the Bay Chapter’s monthly e-mail East Bay Bulletin and “Updates and alerts” at http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageNavigator/CHP_SFBay_SignUp.
For a full set of Yodeler articles on Tesla, see http://theYodeler.org/?s=tesla; see also "State parks need to change approach to off-road vehicles".
»For more information, including maps, see the web site of Friends of Tesla Park at teslapark.org.