On August 19, 2015 there was a wildfire that burned over much of the Tesla park land from near Livermore to Carnegie SVRA. We are thankful there were no injuries or major property loss.
While the immediate impact of a fire on the natural landscape is shocking, we now understand that wildfires are part of natural ecological processes that have helped shape Tesla into such a biologically rich wild land. Tesla will regenerate and flourish again. In fact some vegetation and rare plants benefit from fire, so it may come back with even more abundance. The fire also provides an opportunity to study its impacts on rare plants and sensitive habitats. Tesla’s biological diversity is the perfect classroom for such research.
It would be reckless to try to use the fire as justification to open Tesla to OHV use or facilitate the plan to open Tesla to OHV use. In fact Tesla needs our protection all the more during this fragile period of regrowth.
Tesla exists beyond the moment, and its life cycle provides part of the unique wonder that we must permanently preserve for future generations. Nothing has changed – now there are just more reasons why we need to Save Tesla Park.
Tesla park ridget top summer looking north to Mt. Diablo
We are preparing for the next steps in the work to preserve Tesla. At this time the OHMVR Division plans to release the Final EIR this Fall. We will need to provide further comments on the Final EIR when released and at the subsequent public hearing. We will start fundraising again for the next stages of the CEQA process. And, with the support of the County of Alameda, City of Livermore and LARPD, we will continue to press for a change in State policy to designate Tesla as a non-OHV use preserve. You can help by letting our new State legislators, Assembly Member Catherine Baker and Senator Steve Glazer, know that we need their help to permanently preserve Tesla.
The June 29th comment deadline for the Carnegie SVRA Draft EIR and Preliminary General has passed. In addition to hundreds of comments from individuals, at least 11 public agencies and 25 community organizations also submitted substantive comments on the proposed project to expand Carnegie SVRA into the sensitive Tesla park land. Thank you for your help on DEIR comments! Your commitment to Save Tesla Park drives us forward.
Tesla Park along Corral Hollow Creek
Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Livermore City Council recently voted to support Tesla preservation. The County and City now join the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) opposing Carnegie expansion and calling for non-OHV uses for Tesla. The support of local public agencies is important as we work to have State Parks preserve Tesla for non-OHV use.
We need your help now to SAVE Tesla Park! This is your inspiration…
Please email your comments on the Carnegie SVRA Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR (General Plan /DEIR) before the June 29, 2015 deadline.
Your comments can be emailed to CarnegieDEIRcomments@gmail.com.
You can view the documents at www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com.
Following is a sample comment letter that you can use to prepare your personal email.
To OHMVR Carnegie SVRA General Plan:
The Carnegie SVRA Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR do not protect the sensitive resources in the expansion area, also referred to as the Alameda-Tesla property or Tesla. The General Plan and DEIR may provide Carnegie SVRA the maximum flexibility to develop OHV use in the existing DEIR and expansion area anyway that they desire, but it deprives the public of needed specific information about the proposed plan and its impacts. It makes a mockery of the CEQA process.
The General Plan and DEIR do not describe the project in sufficient detail; this deficiency is significant because the General Plan and DEIR specifically state that further environmental review is not required if future projects are found to be consistent with the General Plan and DEIR. (GP 1-7; DEIR 1-2) The General Plan does not accurately describe Existing Conditions (Chapter 2); there is no mention that a Critical Linkage Habitat Corridor runs directly through Tesla and there are no pictures of the extensive damage from OHV use in Carnegie SVRA. (GP Chapter 2) The DEIR concludes there will be no significant impacts from converting 3,100 acres of agricultural grazing and natural resource conservation land to OHV use is not supported by evidence or analysis (DEIR Chapter 3); you only need to compare the damaging impacts from OHV use at the existing Carnegie SVRA to prove that DEIR is not credible. The General Plan and DEIR attempt to substitute vague and un-measureable guidelines for required mitigation; the DEIR states that no mitigation beyond best management practices and unenforceable guidelines is required (DEIR Chapter 3). The DEIR does not consider any non-OHV use alternatives and the cumulative impacts from the existing Carnegie SVRA on the unique Corral Hollow ecosystem. (DEIR Chapter 4 and 6)
Opening the 3,100 acre Tesla expansion area to OHV use will result in irreparable damage its sensitive resources which include California Red-Legged Frog, California Tiger Salamander, Western Pond Turtle, Yellow-legged Frog, Western Spadefoot Toad, Golden Eagle, Tule Elk, Alameda Whipsnake, Townsends Big-eared Bat the historic Tesla town site and coal mine, significant features from indigenous cultures, and much more. The Tesla expansion area is not suitable for damaging OHV use. I oppose the expansion of Carnegie SVRA into the Tesla expansion area. The General Plan and Draft EIR should not be approved or certified as written and need to be revised and recirculated for public review with the entire expansion area designated as a permanent preserve area with No-OHV use allowed.
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