Future Opportunities

Tesla Park in spring

This rich array of historical, visit web cultural, biological and scenic resources in Tesla Park can serve a range of preservation, recreation and education purposes. Consistent with natural resource protection, low-impact non-OHV recreation, such as interpretive history and nature trails, wildlife viewing, bird watching and horseback riding could be established along with dedicated preservation areas with restricted access to protect sensitive resources. Grazing can continue to be a management tool, retaining important agricultural land. Tesla Park can provide outdoor environmental and historical education for area K-12 schools and serve as a field research location for colleges and universities. Protection of Tesla Park matches the charter of East Bay Regional Park District and supports the objective to establish park and hiking access around the Tri-Valley metropolitan area. EBRPD has recognized the importance of Tesla Park by identifying Tesla as a potential regional preserve in its Master Plan. Tesla Park directly meets State Parks and Natural Resource Agency objectives. Tesla Park as a non-OHV park can serve the State Parks Department priority for low impact recreation as documented in the 2008 Outdoor Recreation Report, including the objective to provide additional nature parks to serve the Central Valley. Tesla Park matches the State Natural Resource Agency purpose to conserve treasured lands and valuable natural resources, including Blue Oak woodlands.

Tesla Park - Western Sycamore

Tesla Park – Western Sycamore

Because of the unique range of historical, cultural, scenic, habitat and biological resources contained in Tesla Park, and the destructive impacts of Off -Highway Vehicle (OHV) use, including at the adjacent Carnegie SVRA, Friends of Tesla Park is working to develop Tesla Park separate from Carnegie SVRA with no off-highway motor vehicle use. Some of the features that Tesla Park could potentially include that can be designed to protect and preserve the existing wild landscape are:

  • Hiking trails and interpretive development to historical sites, wildlife/plant viewing and scenic routes
  • Dedicated preserves for rare and threatened wildlife and plants and sensitive historic/cultural resources
  • Managed grazing and equestrian trails
  • Hiking and bike trails links between Livermore Valley and San Joaquin Valley along Tesla/Corral Hollow Road
  • Links to other Tri-Valley parks and trail systems

There are viable options to protect Tesla Park from OHV use, such as:

  • Operation of Tesla Park by the OHMVR Division as mitigation for Carnegie SVRA as a natural and cultural sensitive area preserve with only non-motorized recreation as allowed by OHMVR program statute
  • Transfer to an appropriate State Parks unit with compatible preservation and management objectives and expertise that will protect Tesla’s varied and abundant resources
  • Joint management with East Bay Regional Park District as has been implemented at Del Valle Regional Park and portions of Mount Diablo State Park
  • Transfer to Easy Bay Regional Park District
  • Cooperative planning with Alameda and San Joaquin counties to establish a recreation and preservation corridor along Corral Hollow/Tesla Road
  • Public-private partnerships to provide reimbursement and development funds
Tesla Park - Oak woodlands

Tesla Park – Oak woodlands

Any of these opportunities requires a broad resource management view of the Tesla park land and the region. In spite of regulatory requirements to protect natural and cultural resources, the OHMVR Division sees its purpose to expand OHV use like that in Carnegie SVRA and other SVRAs.  Such OHV use is incompatible with the resource preservation values required to protect Tesla Park. OHMVR’s continued press to expand Carnegie SVRA has blocked realistic efforts to implement appropriate non-OHV use alternatives for Tesla. We are not working against Carnegie SVRA, but we are working to protect Tesla Park. That is why it is time to pursue more viable and appropriate, and likely more cost-effective, alternative uses for the Tesla Park land.

Development of the park land under any alternative operational and management scenario will take time. But the Tesla Park land is already public land owned by the State of California Parks and Recreation Department. Once Tesla is designated for permanent protection, we can begin the process to establish the appropriate use and management plan that ensures this unique and special native landscape is protected for all today and in the furture.

See the EBRPD 2013 Master Plan map below:

East Bay Regional Park District 2013 Master Plan Map designating Tesla as a potential regional preserve

East Bay Regional Park District 2013 Master Plan Map designating Tesla as a potential regional preserve

 

 

 

 

 

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Tesla Park in spring

This rich array of historical, Sildenafil
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biological and scenic resources in Tesla Park can serve a range of preservation, recreation and education purposes. Consistent with natural resource protection, low-impact non-OHV recreation, such as interpretive history and nature trails, hiking trails, wildlife viewing, bird watching and horseback riding could be established along with dedicated preservation areas. Tesla Park can also provide outdoor environmental and historical education for area k-12 schools and serve as a field research location for colleges and universities. Protection of Tesla Park matches the charter of East Bay Regional Parks District and supports the objective to establish park and hiking access around the Tri-Valley metropolitan area. EBRPD has recognized the importance of Tesla Park by identifying Tesla as a potential regional preserve in its Master Plan.Tesla Park directly meets State Parks and Natural Resource Agency objectives. Tesla Park as a non-OHV park can serve the State Parks Department priority for low impact recreation as documented in the 2008 Outdoor Recreation Report, including the objective to provide additional nature parks to serve the Central Valley. Tesla Park matches the State Natural Resource Agency purpose to conserve treasured lands and valuable natural resources, including Blue Oak woodlands.

Because of unique range of historical, cultural, scenic, habitat and biological resources contained in Tesla Park, and the destructive impacts of Off -Highway Vehicle (OHV) use, including at the adjacent Carnegie SVRA, Friends of Tesla Park is working to develop Tesla Park separate from Carnegie SVRA with no off-highway motor vehicle use. Some of the features that Tesla Park could potentially include that can be designed to protect and preserve the landscape are:

  • Preservation and interpretive development of the historic Tesla town site and the surrounding village sites and mines
  • Limited street legal vehicle access at the perimeter to parking areas at trail heads
  • Hiking trail system and interpretive development throughout park to historical sites, wildlife/plant viewing, cultural/historic features and scenic routes
  • Link to other Tri-Valley Parks and hiking trails
  • Dedicated preserves for rare and endangered wildlife and plants and historic/cultural resources
  • Picnic sites and scenic points
  • Hiking, equestrian and bike trail between Livermore Valley and San Joaquin Valley along the roadway

There are viable options to protect Tesla Park from OHV use, such as:

  • Operation of Tesla Park by the OHMVR Division as a natural and cultural sensitive area preserve with only non-motorized recreation as allowed by OHMVR program statute
  • Transfer to an appropriate State Parks unit with compatible preservation and management objectives and expertise that will protect Teslaââ?¬â?¢s varied and abundant resources
  • Joint management with East Bay Regional Park District as has been implemented at Del Valle Regional Park and portions of Mount Diablo State Park
  • Transfer to Easy Bay Regional Park District
  • Cooperative planning with Alameda and San Joaquin counties to establish a recreation and preservation corridor
  • Public-private partnerships to provide reimbursement and development funds
Tesla Park - Oak woodlands

Tesla Park – Oak woodlands

Any of these opportunities requires a broad resource management view of the Tesla Park land and the region. In spite of regulatory requirements to protect natural and cultural resources, the OHMVR Division sees its purpose to expand OHV use like that in Carnegie SVRA and other SVRAs.  Such OHV use is incompatible with the resource preservation values required to protect Tesla Park. We are not working against Carnegie SVRA, but we are working to protect Tesla Park. That is why it is time to pursue more viable and appropriate, and likely more cost-effective, alternatives for the Tesla Park land.

Development of the park under any alternative operational and management scenario will take time. But the Tesla Park land is already public land owned by the State of California Parks and Recreation Department. Then we can begin the process to establish the appropriate use and management plan that ensures this unique and special native landscape is protected for for all today and in the furture.

See the EBRPD 2013 Master Plan map below:

East Bay Regional Park District 2013 Master Plan Map designating Tesla as a potential regional preserve

East Bay Regional Park District 2013 Master Plan Map designating Tesla as a potential regional preserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This rich array historical and natural resources can provide a valuable destination for outdoor environmental and historical education for area schools and a research location for colleges and universities.� �  Further, pills
the location of the Tesla Park land between the Tri-Valley region of Alameda County and western San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties allows it to serve these growing metropolitan areas where few current natural, sickness historic or low-impact recreation options exist. The State Parks Department has identified the goal to improve recreational opportunities for Central Valley residents because they are underserved.�  Tesla Park directly meets this objective and� can literally be a geographic recreational bridge between the Tri-Valley region of Alameda County and the Central Valley.

Because of unique range of historical, cultural, geographic, habitat and biological resources contained in Tesla Park, and the destructive impacts of Off Highway Motor Vehicle (OHMV) use, including at the adjacent Carnegie (State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), Friends of Tesla Park is working� to develop Tesla� Park separate from Carnegie SVRA with no off highway vehicle use. Some of the features that Tesla Park could include that can be designed to protect and preserve the landscape are:

  • Preservation and interpretive development of the historic Tesla town site andÃ? the surrounding village sites andÃ? minesÃ? 
  • Hiking trail system and interpretive development throughout park to historical sites, Native American cultural sites, wildlife/plant viewing, and scenic routes
  • East-West link to other East Bay and San Joaquin Valley trails between the Bay Area an Central ValleyÃ? 
  • Dedicated preserves for rare and endangered wildlife and plants
  • Picnic sites
  • Controlled bicycle and equestrian trails, includingÃ? bike and equestrian route links between Livermore Valley and San Joaquin Valley

This rich array historical and natural resources can provide a valuable destination for outdoor environmental and historical education for area schools and a research location for colleges and universities.� �  Further, implant
the location of the Tesla Park land between the Tri-Valley region of Alameda County and western San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties allows it to serve these growing metropolitan areas where few current natural, physiotherapy
historic or low-impact recreation options exist. The State Parks Department has identified the goal to improve recreational opportunities for Central Valley residents because they are underserved.�  Tesla Park directly meets this objective and� can literally be a geographic recreational bridge between the Tri-Valley region of Alameda County and the Central Valley.

Because of unique range of historical, cultural, geographic, habitat and biological resources contained in Tesla Park, and the destructive impacts of Off Highway Motor Vehicle (OHMV) use, including at the adjacent Carnegie (State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), Friends of Tesla Park is working� to develop Tesla� Park separate from Carnegie SVRA with no off highway vehicle use. Some of the features that Tesla Park could include that can be designed to protect and preserve the landscape are:

  • Preservation and interpretive development of the historic Tesla town site andÃ? the surrounding village sites andÃ? minesÃ? 
  • Hiking trail system and interpretive development throughout park to historical sites, Native American cultural sites, wildlife/plant viewing, and scenic routes
  • East-West link to other East Bay and San Joaquin Valley trails between the Bay Area an Central ValleyÃ? 
  • Dedicated preserves for rare and endangered wildlife and plants
  • Picnic sites
  • Controlled bicycle and equestrian trails, includingÃ? bike and equestrian route links between Livermore Valley and San Joaquin Valley

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Looking east down the Corral Hollow Canyon

If Tesla Park can be placed in its proper context, cure
illness the opportunity for our region and State is even greater.  Tesla Park and Carnegie SVRA are located within the Corral Hollow Canyon with Tesla/Corral Hollow Road running its length.  Over the last 40 years, the focus within the canyon has dramatically shifted toward resource preservation because studies have identified critical wildlife corridors and sensitive habitats for numerous endangered and protected species.  Several public and private conservation easements have been placed on land in and around the canyon area, solidifying its preservation focus.  Carnegie SVRA is the main outlier in terms of continued environmental damage and the lack of mitigation set-asides.

Tesla Park - Corral Hollow Creek Wildlands

Tesla Park – Corral Hollow Creek Wildlands

Preserving Tesla Park as part of this critical biological zone creates an opportunity for the State Parks Department to meet its preservation and recreation objectives. Tesla Park can be the needed western anchor of a geographic preservation and recreation bridge between the Tri-Valley region of Alameda County and San Joaquin County in the Central Valley. Tesla Park would permanently protect sensitive resources and provide publically accessible non-motorized low impact recreation within the Tesla Park uplands to the larger outdoor recreation user population of the Bay Area and Central Valley. Carnegie SVRA, operated in full compliance with the law, could continue to serve the much smaller subset of outdoor recreationists who are OHV users. Critical agricultural grazing land in Alameda County would be maintained. The entire length of Corral Hollow/Tesla Road through Corral Hollow Canyon could be designated as a historic roadway.  Because property on one or both sides of the road is now owned by a state, federal or regional agency, hiking, biking and equestrian trails could potentially be developed adjacent to the roadway.

Tesla Park West Ridge to Mount Diablo

Tesla Park West Ridge to Mount Diablo

This is the win-win. This vision for Tesla Park and the Corral Hollow area based on natural and cultural resource protection and comprehensive recreation planning is the direction our public agencies should pursue. With Tesla Park as the western keystone, there is a unique opportunity to preserve valuable natural and cultural resources and provide appropriate resource sensitive recreation opportunities for the larger public.

Tesla presents a great opportunity for our communities and region. We must first protect and preserve the Tesla Park land; then we can begin the process to establish the appropriate use and management plan that ensures this unique and special native landscape is protected for all Californians today and in the future.

Join us to help SAVE TESLA PARK.

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