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Dublin and Sunol has endorsed preservation of Tesla Park.

The following officials and organizations support establishing Tesla Park as a non-OHV, this web
low impact recreation historic and natural resource park and preserve:

  • Senator Loni Hancock
  • Former Assembly Member Joan Buchanan
  • Former State Senator, Congressman Mark DeSalunier
  • EBRPD Board President Ayn Wieskamp
  • LARPD Board Member Bob Coomber
  • LARPD Board Member David Furst
  • LARPD Board Member Beth Wilson
  • Livermore City Council Member Laureen Turner
  • Livermore City Council Member Steven Spedowfski
  • Livermore City Council Member Bob Woerner
  • Pleasanton City Council Member and Vice Mayor Karla Brown
  • Former Livermore Mayor Cathie Brown
  • Former Livermore Mayor John Shirley
  • Former Livermore City Council Member Doug Horner
  • Former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti

 

LARPD Board voted to support preservation of Tesla on June 10, 2014.

LIVERMORE City Council voted to support preservation of Tesla on May 18, 2015.

ALAMEDA COUNTY Board of Supervisors voted to support preservation of Tesla on June 23, 2015.

Please email us at friendsofteslapark@gmail.com if you would like to add your name or that of your organization to the growing list of those that want to SAVE Tesla Park.
The California Native Grassland Association has joined the alliance to permanently protect the Tesla park land.

Tesla has several sensitive vegetation communities. On one brief field trip, drugstore
botanists identified an area of Poa Secunda grassland alliance on Tesla which Carnegie SVRA had not identified in 15 years of oversight.  What other sensitive and rare natural and cultural resources are part of Tesla that Carnegie SVRA ignores?

Check out the growing list of support for permanent preservation of Tesla.
The California Native Grassland Association has joined the alliance to permanently protect the Tesla park land.

Tesla has several sensitive vegetation communities. On one brief field trip, endocrinologist
botanists identified an area of Poa Secunda grassland alliance on Tesla which Carnegie SVRA had not identified in 15 years of oversight.  What other sensitive and rare natural and cultural resources are part of Tesla that Carnegie SVRA ignores?

Check out the growing list of support for permanent preservation of Tesla.

Tule Elk in Tesla September 2015

Tule Elk in Tesla September 2015

Although the August 2015 Tesla Fire burned much of the Tesla park land, here   Tule elk herd observed in Tesla for many years remains.  In September the herd was seen in a southern area of Tesla which had not burned.  The existing Carnegie SVRA has already reduced the Tule elk range.  Elk never range on the existing Carnegie SVRA. Therefore, check
 the range land in Tesla is important habitat for the herd.

Incredibly, the Carnegie SVRA Draft EIR did not address the presence of the long established elk herd or the impact opening Tesla to OHV use would have on reducing important elk habitat.

Protecting the Tule elk habitat is just one of the many reasons why we need to save Tesla Park.

 

DONATE today to help with the FINAL EIR process because together we can:

  • Preserve precious open space
  • Save our irreplaceable history and culture

We need to raise funds for the FINAL phase of the Carnegie SVRA/Tesla Expansion EIR process.

You can DONATE ON-LINE using PayPal at www.teslapark.org and click on the yellow DONATE button.

Join our fundraising drive today!  Together we can make Tesla Park a reality for today and for future generations. 

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What have we accomplished?

With your help, more about
a lot!  Some of our accomplishments over the last four years include:

  • Built a large alliance of conservation, decease
    cultural and local organizations, generic
    officials, community members (see the partial list of supporters)
  • Gained City of Livermore, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District and County of Alameda support for Tesla preservation
  • Raised funds needed to hire scientific and legal experts to prepare extensive analysis and comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
  • Coordinated with our Friends organizations and hundreds of individuals to submit detailed substantive comments on the Draft EIR by the June 29, 2015 deadline

Now we need to prepare for the next stage of the effort to SAVE Tesla.

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What about the Tesla Fire?

Location of August 2015 Tesla Fire as seen from Livermore

Location of August 2015 Tesla Fire as seen from Livermore

In August, most of Tesla Park was devastated by a 2700 acre wildfire of unknown cause. While the charred landscape is sad, appropriate fire can be useful ecologically as new plants take root and many old ones return. Non-native grasses can be reduced, opening up space for long dormant native seeds to sprout. Hearty oak trees, for the most part, will survive. Tesla Park remains a very special place. We hope that Carnegie SVRA will use the fire as an opportunity to study fire impacts on sensitive resources and native plants, instead of an excuse to fast-track planning to open Tesla to Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use, as OHV industry groups have suggested.    The fire should also require an update and recirculation of the Draft EIR given the changed conditions.  We are monitoring how Carnegie will respond and will post updates on our website.

Will they come back?

Tule elk still on Tesla on September 27, 2015 after August 2015 Tesla Fire

Tule elk still on Tesla on September 27, 2015 after August 2015 Tesla Fire

YES!  Golden Eagles and other wildlife, including several threatened and endangered species, would be expected to remain or return as habitat rejuvenates with winter rains and each passing season.   The unique biodiversity of Tesla would not be expected to be reduced by the fire. If anything it may be enhanced.  Even the Tule elk which were often seen from Tesla Road near Livermore are still on Tesla after the fire. In September the Tule elk were observed on the southern portion of Tesla which did not burn.

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What are next steps?

There is still much to do!  We have to work to gain the support of our new state legislators and other public officials, continue to build support for preservation locally and at the state level, and prepare for the next stage of the CEQA process. We expect that the Final EIR could be released in “Fall 2015.”  We need to raise funds to again hire the scientific and legal experts to help us respond to the Final EIR and related regulatory processes. We are confident that we will ultimately succeed, but we need your help to fight through every stage of the public policy and legal process.

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How can I Help?

You can make a donation today! At this time we need your financial support to raise funds to hire experts to respond to the Final EIR.    Your support over the past four years to protect Tesla Park with your time, letters, attendance at meetings, financial support and much more has been overwhelming. Tesla Park, however, is still threatened by planned OHV use. We need your help now to continue the campaign to Save Tesla Park.

How do I Donate?

Join us to Save Tesla Park with your donation.

  • $      50       – California Tiger Salamander
  • $    100       – San Joaquin Kit Fox
  • $    500       – Tule Elk
  • $ 1,000       – Golden Eagle
  • $_______   – You choose

You can DONATE ON-LINE using PayPal at www.teslapark.org and click on the DONATE button.   If you prefer you may send a check to:

  • Make check payable to:    Livermore Heritage Guild (add memo note – Tesla Park Fund)
  • Mail check to:                    Friends of Tesla Park, PO Box 2502, Livermore, CA 94551

Livermore Heritage Guild is the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Tesla Park and is a 501c3 charitable organization.

Thank you for your generous donation.  Together we will Save Tesla Park!

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