Tell State Parks: no OHVs in Tesla Park

Take 5 minutes to help SAVE Tesla Park.

Tesla Park can be one of the gems of the state park system–or it could be opened up to the devastating impacts of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHVs) use.

Act NOW to Save Tesla Park  – Comment Deadline July 15, prescription 2013

These rolling hills are home to numerous rare and threatened plants and wildlife species and are a critical migration route for wildlife. They contain Native American artifacts (some estimated at over 5, shop 000 years old) and the site of the abandoned historic coal-mining town of Tesla. It’s a perfect site for a low-impact park and preserve.

On June 10, however, the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (Carnegie SVRA) and the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division (OHMVR) issued three alternative planning and development Concepts for the Carnegie SVRA and Tesla Park General Plan update and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). All three Concepts provide for OHV use throughout most of Tesla Park, ranging from Intensive OHV use to Less Intensive OHV use. Time is short–we need your help to oppose the OHMVR plan for Tesla Park before July 15, 2013.

Tell State Parks you REJECT the 3 OHV use Concepts for Tesla Park and they need to add a non-motorized alternative for Tesla Park

Comments rejecting the 3 OHMVR Concepts must be submitted be the July 15, 2013 comment deadline.

Comments can be emailed to OHMVR at carnegiegp@parks.ca.gov.

Comments can also be submitted online at http://carnegie.engage-sites.com/ using the OHMVR Comment Card. If you use the Comment Card on the web site to reject the 3 Concepts, take special care as it is structured to force support the OHMVR plan.

Sample Comment to email to State Parks at carnegiegp@parks.ca.gov rejecting the 3 Concepts for Tesla Park:

Dear planners:

Tesla Park–with its commanding ridge tops and cascading canyons, numerous endangered and special status plants and wildlife species, and complex ecological and cultural histories–should be protected as one of the gems of the state park system. I am writing to ask you to keep OHV use out of this park. OHV use would damage and fragment plant communities and wildlife habitats, and disrupt the interpretive experience of Teslaââ?¬â?¢s historic and cultural resources.

The three OHV Use Concepts presented for Tesla need to be rejected because:

–The Biological and Cultural Resource Guidelines, Constraint Map, and Recreation Suitability Map, which are the basis for the OHMVR-proposed Concepts, are inadequate and not supported by scientific data.

–OHV use should not be extended into the new 3,400-acre Tesla Park, whether in free-ride areas (now called distributed-riding areas) or on trails.

–A Non-OHV Use Concept (not just a No-Project alternative) must be evaluated in the General Plan development and DEIR stage because it is the only use plan that can protect Tesla Parkââ?¬â?¢s sensitive resources.

It is time for State Parks to recognize that its primary purpose is to protect and preserve the sensitive resources at Tesla Park and stop trying to push OHV use into this fragile area. OHV use of any kind is incompatible with protection of Tesla�s sensitive native landscape. Tesla should be managed for its ecological values as a non-motorized low impact recreation park and sensitive area preserve, not as an expansion of Carnegie SVRA.

I oppose to all 3 OHMVR OHV use Concepts for Tesla Park and call on the Department to evaluate a Non-OHV low impact recreation and sensitive area preserve Concept for Tesla Park.

For more information:

For more information about the three Carnegie SVRA OHV use Concepts for Tesla Park see http://carnegie.engage-sites.com/ and www.carnegiegeneralplan.com.

Also go to www.TeslaPark.org for more about the beautiful and biological ad culturally rich Tesla Park land.

Thank you for your help to submit comments before July 15, 2013.  Also ask your circle of friends and family to submit comments.  We need everyone pulling for Tesla Park.

Act NOW to Save Tesla Park.

 

 

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