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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

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On November 23, 2016, Friends of Tesla Park, together with the Center for Biological Diversity and Alameda Creek Alliance, filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court challenging the proposed expansion of Carnegie off-road vehicle park into Tesla Park.

“It would be a travesty to allow Tesla’s incredible wildlands, and cultural and historical resources to be destroyed by off-highway vehicles,” said Nancy Rodrigue, a member of the Friends of Tesla Park Steering Committee. “You only have to look at the environmental devastation at Carnegie to know what will happen to Tesla if it is opened to OHVs.”

The lawsuit states that approval of the expansion (which would nearly triple the size of Carnegie to 4,675 acres) and associated environmental documents violate the California Environmental Quality Act by not properly disclosing, analyzing and mitigating negative environmental impacts, including increased hillside erosion, harm to wildlife, and damage to cultural resources. The lawsuit also states that Carnegie is operating in violation of the Public Resources Code and illegal trails must be closed.

Throughout the administrative process, the OHMVR Division and Commission ignored scientific studies and comments from experts, agencies and organizations, urging further analysis and protection of affected wildlife, habitats and cultural treasures.

“This expansion will destroy habitat for rare wildlife and degrade air and water quality for neighboring communities,” said Aruna Prabhala, a staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “At a time when climate change, drought and urban sprawl are shrinking habitat for wildlife throughout California, the state should be protecting critical open space, not allowing it to be ripped apart by off road vehicles.”

Tesla is a key wildlife corridor and biodiversity hotspot  that has threatened and endangered species, including California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, San Joaquin kit fox, Alameda whipsnake, Townsend big eared bat, and about 70 other rare species and habitats.

Tesla Park includes 3,100 acres of oak woodlands, grasslands and sensitive habitat for vulnerable animals and plants along rolling hills that drain into Coral Hollow Creek and the Arroyo Seco. In contrast, Carnegie consists of scared hills stripped of vegetation and suffering from erosion. Tesla also holds the historic Tesla coal mine and town site, which is eligible for listing in the National Registry of Historic Places, and sacred Native American ceremonial sites.

Watch for updates, donate to cover legal expenses, and help us continue the fight to save Tesla Park.

Mitchell Ravine in Tesla Park

Mitchell Ravine in Tesla Park

Fight to Save Tesla Park Continues

On Friday, October 21, 2016, the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission voted unanimously (7 to 0) to approve and certify the Carnegie SVRA General Plan and Final EIR. This is disappointing, but not unexpected.

The fight to Save Tesla Park continues – it’s just moving to a new stage 

Tesla’s irreplaceable natural, historic and cultural treasures are too important for today and for future generations to stop the fight to permanently protect them.

That is why we are prepared to file a legal challenge when the OHMVR Division issues its Notice of Determination.  We will also continue to work at the state level to re-designate Tesla as a nature and cultural preserve.

Tesla Preservation has Overwhelming Local Support

Our thanks to the community and local public agencies that are working together to protect Tesla as an important part of Alameda County’s natural and cultural heritage.

We have overwhelming support from local public agencies, community organizations and community members like you for preserving Tesla Park with no damaging off-road vehicle use allowed.

Working together we will continue the fight to Save Tesla Park.

 Public Agencies

  • County of Alameda
    • Altamont Open Space Committee
    • Alameda County Parks Recreation and Historical PResee4fvation Commission
    • Alameda County Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • City of Livermore

Public Officials

  • EBRPD Board Director, Ward 5, Ayn Wieskamp
  • EBRPD Board Director, Ward 3, Dennis Waespi
  • EBRPD Board Vice President, Ward 4, Doug Siden
  • EBRPD Board Director, Ward 6, Beverly Lane
  • Senator Loni Hancock
  • Former Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, Former State Senator, Congressman Mark DeSalunier
  • LARPD Board Member Bob Coomber
  • LARPD Board Member David Furst
  • LARPD Board Member Beth Wilson
  • Livermore City Council Member Laureen Turner
  • Livermore City Council Member Steven Spedowfski
  • Livermore City Council Member Bob Woerner
  • Livermore Planning Commissioner Loretta Kasky
  • Pleasanton City Council Vice Mayor Karla Brown
  • Former Pleasanton City Council Member Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Candidate for Assembly, 16th District
  • Former Livermore Mayor Cathie Brown
  • Former Livermore Mayor John Shirley
  • Former Livermore City Council Member Doug Horner
  • Dublin City Council Member Abe Gupta
  • Former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti

Community Organizations

  • Audubon California with Ohlone Audubon Society and Mount Diablo Audubon Society
  • Alameda Creek Alliance
  • California Oaks/California Wildlife Foundation
  • California Native Grasslands Association
  • California Sports Fishing Association-CSFA
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge – CCCR
  • California Native Plant Society with East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
  • Friends of the Arroyos
  • Friends of Livermore
  • Friends of Springtown Preserve
  • Friends of the Vineyards
  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • Indian People Organizing for Change – IPOC
  • Livermore Heritage Guild
  • Livermore Hill Hikers
  • Nototomne Cultural Preservation
  • Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility – PEER
  • Regional Parks Association
  • Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes – SPP&RIT, Vallejo
  • Save the Frogs Foundation
  • Save Mount Diablo
  • Sfbaywildlife.info
  • Sierra Club with SF Bay Chapter of Sierra Club
  • Society of American Indians, Livermore
  • Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund-SPRAWLDEF
  • Tesla Road Residents’ Alliance
  • Neighboring East Alameda County Ranchers
  • Tri-Valley Trailblazers

Tesla park ridget top summer looking north to Mt. Diablo

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, cheap 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 www.teslpark.org and on www.facebook.com/SaveTeslaPark 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: secretary@resources.ca.gov
• State Parks Director Lisa Mangat: info.communications@parks.ca.gov

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!

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