Help Save Tesla Park! – Comment Now on Carnegie SVRA General Plan DEIR
On April 23rd the California State Park’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Division released its new Preliminary General Plan for and accompanying Environmental Impact Report for Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (CSVRA). This plan includes the expansion of Carnegie onto 3,400 acres of wildland in eastern Alameda County (an area commonly referred to as Tesla Park – this is also the area designated by EBCNPS as our “Corral Hollow” Botanical Priority Protection Area). The General Plan and EIR can be found at this link: http://carnegiegeneralplan.com/document-library .

EBCNPS is preparing to submit detailed comments on the plan. We are working to establish Tesla Park as a non-motorized low impact historic and natural resource park and preserve. We believe that such a designation would provide the best protection for the rare native habitats and critical wildlife corridor that exist on the Tesla Park land while still providing recreational and educational value to the general public.

To learn more about Tesla Park and its wonderful natural resources please visit: www.teslapark.org . While you’re there, be sure to sign up to the mailing list, click on the Facebook Like button on www.teslapark.org and consider making a donation to the effort. Also, be sure to check out our Corral Hollow Botanical Priority Protection Area description on page 12 and 13 of our BPPA Guidebook at:
http://ebcnps.org/bppabotanical/GuidebookBPPA-EBCNPS-download-web.pdf .

We need all the help we can get to show strong support for a non-motorized alternative land use for this area. State Parks had originally set the due date for comments as June 8th, but they have since bumped it back. The new comment deadline is June 29. Please, review the documents and submit comments before the deadline.
To send your message to State Parks you can fill in an online form at
http://www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com/DEIR-comments .

You can support Friends of Tesla Park and help save Tesla at http://www.teslapark.org/ .

I will be posting more information as it becomes available on the EBCNPS Conservation Blog: http://ebcnps.wordpress.com/

Mack Casterman
Conservation Analyst

 

Orv damage at the Tesla site.  Photo by Mack Casterman.

ORV damage at the Tesla site. Photo by Mack Casterman.

View of Mt. Diablo from Tesla Park (Corral Hollow BPPA). photo by Mack Casterman

View of Mt. Diablo from Tesla Park (Corral Hollow BPPA). Photo by Mack Casterman