Mark your Calendars for October 21, 2016 Tesla Hearing in Sacramento

dont-let-this-happen-hill-climbcropThe Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission just noticed the final public hearing on the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and Tesla expansion General Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for October 21, 2016 in Sacramento. The agenda states that the OHMVR Division plans to approve and certify the Final General Plan and EIR which will open Tesla to OHV use.

Put October 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Sacramento on your calendars and plan to attend the hearing to speak against the project.

We are reviewing the volumes of the Final General Plan and EIR General Plan. We will provide more information about letters and comments for the hearing soon.

Watch for emails and updates at and on in the next couple of weeks.



Email NOW to SAVE Tesla Park

Will you help stop damaging OHV use in Tesla?

Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is on track to approve the General Plan and EIR this summer.  They have ignored extensive scientific evidence about Tesla’s sensitive biologic and cultural resources and the damage off-highway vehicle (OHV) use will cause.

Unless there is a huge public outcry, Carnegie SVRA will move forward and open Tesla to OHV use.

It’s time to escalate our appeal to State decision makers before the Carnegie SVRA General Plan and EIR are approved.

Will you e-mail Resources Agency Secretary and State Parks Director asking them to protect Tesla?

We want Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and State Parks Director Lisa Mangat to use their authority to stop further action on the current Carnegie SVRA General Plan and EIR, and support a plan for Tesla to be managed as a natural and cultural preserve.

Please send separate emails to:
• Resources Agency Secretary John Laird:
• State Parks Director Lisa Mangat:

Here’s a sample email.  Personalize it to explain why Tesla preservation matters to you.

Dear [Secretary Laird/Director Mangat]:
I am asking that you take action now to permanently preserve the Tesla park land in eastern Alameda County with no off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation use. Please use your authority to stop final approval and certification of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) General Plan and EIR that will open Tesla to OHV use, and support steps, including legislation, to permanently preserve Tesla by establishing it as a natural and cultural preserve. 

Tesla has numerous sensitive biologic and cultural resources important for the region and the State.  It is part of a vital wildlife corridor, Native Plant Society botanical priority protection area, and Audubon important bird area. It contains seven threatened and endangered species and habitats, and over 50 rare species and habitats.  It is the location of the historic Tesla town and mine site and sacred Native American sites.  Creating a nearly 5,000 acre off-highway vehicle park by expanding Carnegie SVRA and opening Tesla to OHV use conflicts with local land use plans and policies.  Tesla is simply not appropriate for OHV use.

You cannot turn a blind eye to the State Parks OHV expansion plan that will forever damage Tesla’s irreplaceable resources that the state should treasure. We all have the duty to preserve Tesla with no OHV use so that this unique and sensitive natural and cultural landscape is permanently protected now and for future generations.

[Your name, address]


Take action now to help SAVE Tesla.  Thank you very much!

Save Tesla Park

2 visions of the future of a culturally, environmentally and historically important part of Alameda County, Tesla Park

Ask Baker ad Glazer to support Tesla

Can you e-mail Assembly Member Baker and Senator Glazer to ask for their help to preserve Tesla?

If you have not already done so, please help by emailing Assembly Member Catharine Baker and Senator Steve Glazer.  Tesla is located in their districts.  Unfortunately, neither has yet taken a stand to support Tesla preservation. They need to hear from you that preserving Tesla is a priority.

Following a brief sample email that you can customize for your personal message.  Please send separate emails to:
• Assembly Member Catharine Baker:
• Senator Steve Glazer:

Dear [Assembly Member Baker/Senator Glazer]:
I am asking that you stand for environmental protection and help to permanently preserve the Tesla park land. Tesla is in your district in eastern Alameda County. Tesla has numerous sensitive cultural and biologic resources important for our region.  It is a vital wildlife corridor.  It contains threatened and endangered species.  It is the location of the historic Tesla town site and mine. Tesla is not appropriate for OHV recreation of any kind and opening Tesla to OHV use will unquestionably damage it forever.
You share a responsibility to preserve this irreplaceable East Bay open space for future generations.  Please support preservation of Tesla and do everything you can, including carrying legislation, to establish Tesla as a natural and cultural preserve so that this special native landscape is permanently protected.

[Your name, address]


Thank you for helping to SAVE Tesla!


Upcoming Tesla Events

Please join us if you can at one of these three upcoming Tesla Events!

  • Sierra Club, Bay Chapter, Tri-Valley Group
  • Saving Tesla Park
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:30 pm
  • Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 S Livermore Ave, Livermore

Join a presentation by Friends of Tesla Park to learn about the natural and cultural riches of the 3,400 acre Tesla park land in eastern Alameda County that are threatened by the planned expansion of Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). Learn how off-highway vehicle use will damage the sensitive habitats that support threatened and endangered species, a critical linkage habitat corridor and golden eagle nesting and foraging areas, in addition to irreplaceable cultural and historic resources. See how you can help the work to Save Tesla Park. For information go to

  • Mount Diablo Audubon Society
  • Saving Tesla Park
  • Thursday May 5, 2016, meeting begins at 7:00 pm, presentation at 8:00 pm
  • Camellia Room, Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek

Imagine…a place with incredible natural, cultural and scenic resources located along the Diablo Range in Eastern Alameda County.  Imagine such a place is a Botanical Priority Protection Area of the East Bay CNPS, Critical Linkage Habitat Corridor in the Bay Area Conservation Lands Network, and within an Audubon Important Bird Area. Imagine this place includes sacred sites for indigenous peoples and the historic town site of Tesla.  Now imagine this sensitive native landscape in our area is under imminent threat of being converted to a destructive off-road vehicle park. Join us at our May 5th meeting for a timely presentation about the rich natural and cultural history of Tesla, the threat from the proposed expansion of Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area, and the work of Friends of Tesla Park to permanently preserve the natural wildland referred to as Tesla. For information go to

  • Ohlone Audubon Society
  • Raise Funds for Tesla – Red Carpet Showing of “Pelican Dreams”
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1:00 pm
  • Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont

The Ohlone Audubon Society is sponsoring a Tesla Park fundraiser on May 22, 2016, 1:00 pm with a showing of the movie “Pelican Dreams” at the Essanay Silent Film Museum in old town Niles. Proceeds will benefit Save Tesla Park. View this inspiring film about the biodiversity of our Bay Area; meet the filmmaker (who also made “The Parrots of Telegraph Hill”); try for raffle prizes, and more! Be part of this special event which benefits a great cause. Purchase tickets or make a donation at:

Pelican dreams poster