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, like the facebook page, 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. To access the Guidebook click on this link Guide to the BPPA, then on the link at the top of the page that comes up.

We need all the help we can get to show strong support for a non-motorized alternative land use for this area. Please, review the documents and submit comments before the deadline on June 8th. We will be sending out more info shortly so stay tuned! I will be posting information as it becomes available on.

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

 

 

Compare this picture with this one showing the ongoing unmitigated habitat damage occurring in the existing Carnegie SVRA.. Photo by Mack Casterman

Compare the picture above with this one showing the ongoing unmitigated habitat damage occurring in the existing Carnegie SVRA.. Photo by Mack Casterman