Bay Area Land Agency Advocates For Passive Use At Adjacent State OHV Park
LIVERMORE, CA (July 2, 2012) — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, recently submitted a letter to the East Bay Regional Park District cautioning them against joining forces with anti-OHV groups in advocacy for a “non-motorized” future for new lands purchased with monies from the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division’s Trust Fund. The 3,400 acre Tesla property is adjacent to the 1,500 acre Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).
BRC is asking the District to review its role and avoid working as an advocate for anti-OHV groups who are actively trying to shut down the SVRA and the Tesla project through nuisance lawsuits or political pressure. One such group is “Friends of Tesla Park,” created by Celeste Garamendi, a local rancher and sister of Congressman John Garamendi. Other groups seeking to spike the Tesla addition include the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, Ohlone Audubon Society, Livermore Heritage Guild, Friends of the Vineyards, and the East Bay Native Plant Society.
Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, “I don’t believe that a land management agency should venture away from their role as a non-political land administrator and succumb to the agenda of extreme environmental activism. It taints the well of good will for any future collaboration between non-motorized interests and the OHV community on the Tesla property.”
“BRC believes the District’s apparent role as an advocate for non-motorized use at Tesla could jeopardize the agency’s credibility and standing in the community. The District manages 65 parks on 112k acres throughout the East Bay Area near San Jose, California.
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