Tesla Park Update

The State Park’s Off Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Division recently released a statement that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for its proposed expansion into Tesla Park is still due to be released this fall (between 9/22/14 and 12/21/14). Our coalition of environmental organizations has been working to review the document history for this project in preparation for providing strong, informed comments in response to the DEIR. As soon as the DEIR is released we will need all hands on deck to help with EBCNPS’s review and comment letter. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for my call to action.

Small Victory for Knowland Park!

At the October 22nd meeting of the Oakland Park and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC), the committee failed to muster enough votes to recommend to the City Council that it approve the Zoo’s proposed conservation easement in Knowland Park. This was a decided victory for the park and its supporters. The Zoo chartered a bus to bring employees to the meeting, but was still unable to make a case as to why its project must be completed on the ridgeline, on top of the most sensitive resources in the park.

Let’s hope that this failure of the PRAC to pass on a recommendation to the City Council will raise some doubt in the Council’s minds as to the benefits of the Zoo’s proposed conservation easement, which simply promises to protect already protected parkland as mitigation for the environmental harm its project would cause. At a future meeting, the City Council will consider the Zoo’s mitigation proposal and will vote whether or not to approve it. We will need all the support we can get at that City Council meeting, which will likely take place sometime in November. Stay tuned for an announcement of the meeting information once it is scheduled.

Volunteering: The Conservation Committee is always looking for new volunteers to get involved in our many projects. If you are interested in working with me on any of the projects that you have read about on our blog or in past Conservation Analyst Updates, please feel free to contact me by phone at 510-734-0335 or by email at conservation@ebcnps.org. And as always, for more detailed updates on all of our conservation projects please visit the Conservation Blog at http://ebcnps.wordpress.com/ .

Mack Casterman
East Bay Chapter Conservation Analyst