Help Protect Tesla and Reform the Off-Highway Vehicle Program

Tell your Legislator to Support SB 249!

Our work to preserve Tesla Park from the expansion of damaging off-road vehicle use at Carnegie SVRA proves how critical it is to reform the State Parks off-highway vehicle program. SB 249 will provide greater environmental protection under the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.

Click here for more information on SB 249.

Email or call your Legislator now to support SB 249

The OHV lobby is aggressively contacting legislators. Your legislator needs to hear from you to support SB 249.

Sample email text:

Dear Senator:

Please support SB 249, which is an important environmental protection bill.

We have direct experience with the extreme environmental damage at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area and the destructive plan to expand Carnegie and open the pristine Tesla wildland to recreational OHV use. The loss of irreplaceable natural landscapes like these demonstrates the need for SB 249.

We need your support to help permanently protect Tesla, and help pass SB 249. Significant reform of the State Parks OHMVR program is needed to ensure improved natural and cultural resource protection; provide needed program oversight, accountability and consistency; and correct the misallocation of fuel tax transfers.  SB 249 addresses these serious problems focusing the program on resource protection, restoration and enforcement in existing OHV riding areas. SB 249 also properly directs some fuel tax transfers to non-motorized recreation programs, such as park access for underserved populations.

I urge you to support SB 249.

[name, address, date]

Who to Contact

Please contact your State Senator and urge them to support SB 249.

 Area Senators to contact:

If you don’t know who your state senate or assembly member is, look it up here:

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Please share this important message!

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Carnegie SVRA’s hillsides show the damage from off-road vehicle use and why SB 249 is needed.

Support SB 249 at Senate Transportation and Housing Committee Hearing

Support SB 249, the important environmental protection legislation which reforms the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program. 

We have direct experience through Tesla with the extreme environmental damage at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area and the destructive plan to expand Carnegie and open the pristine Tesla wildland to recreational OHV use. The loss of irreplaceable natural landscapes like these demonstrates why the environmental protections in SB 249 are so desperately needed.

The next step for SB 249 will be a hearing at the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the State Capitol.

Click here for more information about the Committee.

Email committee members and urge they support SB 249. 

Area Senators to contact who are on the Committee:

 

 

Support SB 249

To address serious problems with the OHMVR program that we know well working to protect Tesla, a comprehensive policy bill to reform the State off road vehicle program has been introduced by Senator Ben Allen (District 26) – SB 249. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB249

SB 249 addresses resource protection, Division integration with the State Parks Department, misallocation of fuel tax funding, enforcement, and the future sunset and reauthorization. 

Friends of Tesla Park and many organizations in the our alliance support this legislation. We encourage you to support SB 249 and to contact your assembly member and senator to urge that they support SB 249 as it progresses through the legislature.

We need your help! – DONATE to Support Legal Costs to Save Tesla Park

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You have now heard, on November 23, 2016, Friends of Tesla Park, with the Center for Biological Diversity and Alameda Creek Alliance, filed a law suit to challenge the Carnegie off-road vehicle park General Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that will open the Tesla wilderness to off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.  Three other law suits were filed against the project, including by the County of Alameda.

Now, we ask for your financial support to help cover our upcoming legal costs.

Fight to Save Tesla Park continues

Last month, the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission voted unanimously to approve the Carnegie SVRA General Plan and EIR. While this wasn’t unexpected (the Commission is stacked with only OHV advocates), the complete dismissal of the mountains of evidence and comments from scientific experts, local government agencies, conservation groups and individuals was an outrageous abuse.

Tesla’s irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures are just too important to stop fighting to protect them now.

That is why we filed the legal challenge in Sacramento to overturn all Carnegie project approvals.

DONATE to support Legal Costs to fight the Carnegie SVRA General Plan and EIR

Now, we need your help.  

Please DONATE TODAY to help cover legal costs to fight the Carnegie General Plan and EIR. 

You can donate online using PayPal or by sending in a check.  Please share this request.