January 20, 2017

Tesla–a park for preservation or for ORVs?

Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. This is no way to take care of parklands. Should we be adding new acreage to it?

Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. This is no way to take care of parklands. Should we be adding new acreage to it?

Should the state expand the 1,300-acre Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) to include the 3,400-acre Alameda/Tesla site?

For over 30 years Carnegie, on the Alameda-San Joaquin County border, has been a playground for all sorts of off-road vehicles. This motorized activity has denuded the hills of plant and animal life, and sent enough eroded sediments into Corral Hollow Creek that the park is under state mandate to repair the creek-bed and mitigate for the damages.

The state Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division has purchased the Tesla site, on the eastern boundary of Alameda County near Tracy and 10 miles southeast of Livermore via Tesla Road, with the intention of expanding the Carnegie SVRA. It is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this project.

Carnegie is an environmental and aesthetic disaster. Tesla should not be opened for similar abuse. The land 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.

A portion of the Tesla site. Don't let this be torn up by off-road vehicles.

A portion of the Tesla site. Don’t let this be torn up by off-road vehicles.

A better use would be to develop the site as a non-motorized, low-impact park oriented towards historic and natural resources.

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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 janiskate@gmail.com.

When the EIR is finished, 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”.

For an action alert to protect Tesla, go to http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/t/5243/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11029.

For more information, see the web site of Friends of Tesla Park at www.Teslapark.org.

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