The California State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Division has finally released the Preliminary General Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area and its proposed expansion into Tesla Park land. We urgently need your help to save this biologically unique and culturally important natural area in eastern Alameda County from the damaging impacts of off-highway vehicles.
Incredibly, the Draft EIR concludes that there are no significant impacts either from ongoing operation at Carnegie or from opening 3,100-plus additional acres to all types of off-highway vehicle recreation. The Draft EIR further found that no mitigation is required beyond General Plan guidelines and best management practices.
What about erosion, destruction of vegetation and wildlife habitat, noise, and water sedimentation, to name just a few of the known impacts of off-highway vehicles?
Tesla Park combines many important resources — natural, historic, and cultural — in one place. Help us preserve these resources for current and future generations: submit your comments by the June 29th deadline! The relevant documents may be viewed online at www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com/document-library. Written comments should be submitted no later than June 29.
California Department of Parks and Rec OHMVR Division, c/o AECOM
Attn: Carnegie SVRA General Plan
2020 L Street, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95811
Feel free to use the following language in your comments:
- I am opposed to the destruction of Tesla Valley’s natural and cultural resources.
- The proposed project and DEIR should be revised so that no off-highway vehicle use is allowed in Tesla Park.
Read more about efforts to protect Tesla Park here.