Senator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker recently wrote to the State Parks Director encouraging State Parks to act on the Altamont Landfill Open Space Committee buy-back opportunity to purchase Tesla Park. We strongly support this proposal as a way to permanently preserve Tesla Park.
Please contact these local Legislators to thank them for taking this important step, and to continue to work to protect Tesla Park with no OHV use.
Carnegie SVRA – Why we need to protect Tesla
At a time when science and facts are disregarded, it is disturbing to see our own California state government, and specifically the State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division be purveyors of “alternative facts.”
The OHMVR Division concluded that there would be no significant impacts from opening Tesla to OHV recreation use (except for air quality). Really?
Read the Scientist Consensus Statement on the Ecological Value of the State Parks Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area (“Tesla”) and the Policy Imperative to Permanently Preserve Tesla in its Natural State with no OHV use for the scientific reasons why Tesla should be permanently preserved.
Illegal Hill climb at Carnegie SVRA
We aren’t the first in the East Bay to recognize that Tesla Park should be preserved as a legacy. In 1956 open space and park planners identified the “Tesla Geological and Historical Park”. Now its time for us complete the work started over 60 years ago and Save Tesla Park!
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:
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:
Please share this important message!
Carnegie SVRA’s hillsides show the damage from off-road vehicle use and why SB 249 is needed.
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: