Support for Preserving Tesla Keeps Growing

The following is a letter from Marilyn Russell of Livermore, treatment
to 
The Independent on July 18m, treat 2014

As a long term resident of Livermore, this web
specifically Tesla Road area for 37 years, I am writing to provide an update on events that are providing a growing support for permanently protecting the Tesla Park land. Over 25 community organizations from the Friends of the Vineyards to the Livermore Heritage Guild to the Society for American Indians, plus several officials, support preservation of this exceptional and diverse 3400 acres. East Bay Regional Park District and LARPD identify the Tesla area as a potential regional preserve in their master plans because of its extraordinary natural, cultural, geologic, archeological, and wilderness resources. LARPD recently voted to support preservation of Tesla.
 
The City of Livermore and the County of Alameda committed to review the draft environmental impact report (EIR) given impacts the proposed off-highway vehicle park would have on Livermore residents that live along Tesla Road. The proposed motorcycle and OHV park would have significant effects on traffic, safety, water, and air quality.
 
It is important for future resource management to protect the 3400 acre Tesla land for agriculture and its natural resources. Supervisors Haggerty and Miley on the County Transportation and Planning Committee recently directed staff to write to State Parks about the need for the Draft EIR to analyze all foreseeable impacts from opening Tesla as an off-road vehicle park and consider non-motorized uses that will obviously have less impact. These steps reflect the right public policy given the irrefutable facts that the extremely sensitive features in Tesla will be damaged by off-road recreation use, and that creating a nearly 5,000 acre off-road vehicle park with a new entrance across the street from Eagles Run Road, only 7.5 miles from City Hall, will deeply affect the quality of life for our valley and its residents.
 
 

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