It’s no mystery why Golden Eagles & Tule Elk frequent Tesla Park but not neighboring Carnegie SVRA. Off-highway vehicles damage habitats, vegetation & wildlife. Time to protect this biodiversity hotspot!
“Researchers have found that habitat destruction & biodiversity loss are making it easier for [viruses like Covid-19] to spread from animals to humans.” Tesla is a top CA biodiversity hotspot. Don’t let it be destroyed. (Sierra Club quote tweet) #SaveTeslaPark https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2020-05-21/boiling-point-save-natural-world-protect-30-percent-earth-boiling-point
A UC Berkeley study in The Royal Society found that to protect biodiversity, the North Diablo Range should be a top conservation priority for CA. Governor Newsom can #SaveTeslaPark with the stroke of a pen! https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rstb.2017.0397
Tesla Park is a Golden Eagle nesting and foraging area, designated an Audubon Society Important Bird Area.
The reasons why Tesla’s extraordinary natural resources must be protected just keep growing. A 2018 study out of UC Berkeley of native California plants identified the area of the northern Diablo Range which includes Tesla as among the top conservation priorities in the entire state in terms of protecting biodiversity “given that the area was in the very highest echelon in all three study measures”, said Dr. Brent Mishler, study co-author. Read more in study paper, See figure 3(a) page 5. Read more
Governor Newsom says science and facts, not politics, need to drive COVID 19 policy. It is time to apply science and facts to Tesla, and permanently re-designate Tesla as a non-motorized preserve. Save Tesla Park now!
(Kling, MM. Mishler, BD, Thornhill, AH, Baldwin, BG and Ackerly, DD. 2018. Facets of phylodiversity: evolutionary diversification, divergence and survival as conservation targets. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 374: 20170397. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0397.