The campaign to protect Tesla Park is coming to a head. Some time this spring we expect the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of the State Parks Department to issue an Environmental Impact Report for its decision whether to turn these lands of great natural and historic value over to the use of destructive off-road vehicles.
Tesla Park’s combines many important resources–natural, historic and cultural–in one place. Tesla is believed to have been a seasonal hunting, gathering, trading, and ceremonial site for Ohlone peoples from the East Bay and Miwok and Yokut peoples from the Central Valley. Among the impressive Native American cultural resources are unusual bedrock mortars and 5 – 10,000 year-old petroglyphs. Local Ohlone leaders and Native American groups have joined the call to preserve not only the Native American archeological artifacts, but the natural landscape surrounding them. The Preferred Concept Plan issued in November by the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area would allow off-highway-vehicle trails to be built around these important sacred and cultural sites. The Society of Native Americans in Livermore, Indian People Organizing for Change, and others recently wrote to State Parks Director Jackson and State Resource Agency Secretary Laird asking them to Save Tesla Park.
Secretary John Laird
State Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth St., #1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Retired)
Director, State Parks Department
1416 Ninth St., #1405
Sacramento, CA 95814.
Urge them to save Tesla Park as a non-motorized park and preserve.
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