DONATE Today to Help SAVE Tesla Park

DONATE today to help with the FINAL EIR process because together we can:

  • Preserve precious open space
  • Save our irreplaceable history and culture

We need to raise funds for the FINAL phase of the Carnegie SVRA/Tesla Expansion EIR process.

You can DONATE ON-LINE using PayPal at and click on the yellow DONATE button.

Join our fundraising drive today!  Together we can make Tesla Park a reality for today and for future generations. 


What have we accomplished?

With your help, a lot!  Some of our accomplishments over the last four years include:

  • Built a large alliance of conservation, cultural and local organizations, officials, community members (see the partial list of supporters)
  • Gained City of Livermore, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District and County of Alameda support for Tesla preservation
  • Raised funds needed to hire scientific and legal experts to prepare extensive analysis and comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
  • Coordinated with our Friends organizations and hundreds of individuals to submit detailed substantive comments on the Draft EIR by the June 29, 2015 deadline

Now we need to prepare for the next stage of the effort to SAVE Tesla.


What about the Tesla Fire?

Location of August 2015 Tesla Fire as seen from Livermore

Location of August 2015 Tesla Fire as seen from Livermore

In August, most of Tesla Park was devastated by a 2700 acre wildfire of unknown cause. While the charred landscape is sad, appropriate fire can be useful ecologically as new plants take root and many old ones return. Non-native grasses can be reduced, opening up space for long dormant native seeds to sprout. Hearty oak trees, for the most part, will survive. Tesla Park remains a very special place. We hope that Carnegie SVRA will use the fire as an opportunity to study fire impacts on sensitive resources and native plants, instead of an excuse to fast-track planning to open Tesla to Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use, as OHV industry groups have suggested.    The fire should also require an update and recirculation of the Draft EIR given the changed conditions.  We are monitoring how Carnegie will respond and will post updates on our website.

Will they come back?

Tule elk still on Tesla on September 27, 2015 after August 2015 Tesla Fire

Tule elk still on Tesla on September 27, 2015 after August 2015 Tesla Fire

YES!  Golden Eagles and other wildlife, including several threatened and endangered species, would be expected to remain or return as habitat rejuvenates with winter rains and each passing season.   The unique biodiversity of Tesla would not be expected to be reduced by the fire. If anything it may be enhanced.  Even the Tule elk which were often seen from Tesla Road near Livermore are still on Tesla after the fire. In September the Tule elk were observed on the southern portion of Tesla which did not burn.


What are next steps?

There is still much to do!  We have to work to gain the support of our new state legislators and other public officials, continue to build support for preservation locally and at the state level, and prepare for the next stage of the CEQA process. We expect that the Final EIR could be released in “Fall 2015.”  We need to raise funds to again hire the scientific and legal experts to help us respond to the Final EIR and related regulatory processes. We are confident that we will ultimately succeed, but we need your help to fight through every stage of the public policy and legal process.


How can I Help?

You can make a donation today! At this time we need your financial support to raise funds to hire experts to respond to the Final EIR.    Your support over the past four years to protect Tesla Park with your time, letters, attendance at meetings, financial support and much more has been overwhelming. Tesla Park, however, is still threatened by planned OHV use. We need your help now to continue the campaign to Save Tesla Park.

How do I Donate?

Join us to Save Tesla Park with your donation.

  • $      50       – California Tiger Salamander
  • $    100       – San Joaquin Kit Fox
  • $    500       – Tule Elk
  • $ 1,000       – Golden Eagle
  • $_______   – You choose

You can DONATE ON-LINE using PayPal at and click on the DONATE button.   If you prefer you may send a check to:

  • Make check payable to:    Livermore Heritage Guild (add memo note – Tesla Park Fund)
  • Mail check to:                    Friends of Tesla Park, PO Box 2502, Livermore, CA 94551

Livermore Heritage Guild is the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Tesla Park and is a 501c3 charitable organization.

Thank you for your generous donation.  Together we will Save Tesla Park!

Tule Elk still on Tesla

Tule Elk in Tesla September 2015

Tule Elk in Tesla September 2015

Although the August 2015 Tesla Fire burned much of the Tesla park land,  Tule elk herd observed in Tesla for many years remains.  In September the herd was seen in a southern area of Tesla which had not burned.  The existing Carnegie SVRA has already reduced the Tule elk range.  Elk never range on the existing Carnegie SVRA. Therefore, the range land in Tesla is important habitat for the herd.

Incredibly, the Carnegie SVRA Draft EIR did not address the presence of the long established elk herd or the impact opening Tesla to OHV use would have on reducing important elk habitat.

Protecting the Tule elk habitat is just one of the many reasons why we need to save Tesla Park.


California Native Grassland Association joins work to Save Tesla

The California Native Grassland Association has joined the alliance to permanently protect the Tesla park land.

Tesla has several sensitive vegetation communities. On one brief field trip, botanists identified an area of Poa Secunda grassland alliance on Tesla which Carnegie SVRA had not identified in 15 years of oversight.  What other sensitive and rare natural and cultural resources are part of Tesla that Carnegie SVRA ignores?

Check out the growing list of support for permanent preservation of Tesla.

Tesla Fire

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.

Tesla Fire 2015While 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.

What’s next?

Tesla park ridget top summer looking north to Mt. Diablo

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.