Target: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Goal: Preserve biodiversity in Tesla Park by making it off-limits to motor vehicles
A 3,400-acre section of biologically diverse land known as Tesla Park is in danger of becoming an expansion for a nearby off-road vehicle park. Tesla Park sits at the border of several types of habitats, making it an important migratory corridor for many threatened and rare species. The land was originally purchased as a possible expansion for the off-road vehicle park, but studies of the area have revealed its natural biodiversity and its importance to the local ecosystem. Converting this pristine land to an off-road vehicle park would expose it to increased erosion and pollution and endanger the already threatened local wildlife and vegetation.
Tesla Park is home to many threatened wildlife species, including the California Red Legged Frog and California Tiger Salamander. It has been a study area for universities since the 1940s thanks to its diverse vertebrate population and a number of plant fossils found in the area. Allowing off-road vehicles in this area would greatly disturb the ecosystem, as these vehicles are known for contributing to soil erosion, increased pollution from leaking fuel and exhaust, and tearing up native vegetation. In an area so packed with threatened animals, this level of disturbance cannot be allowed.
With the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area right on the border of Tesla Park, the area already faces some disturbance from human activity. By protecting the area from further harm, we’re securing the future of many native species and ensuring that future generations have some of the natural area left to enjoy. Let off-road vehicle users keep the land next door, but save Tesla Park’s biodiversity as an important part of California’s ecosystem.
Dear Governor Brown,
Tesla Park is in danger. Off-roading is a popular recreational activity, but it causes a lot of harm to the natural world, including erosion, noise, air, and water pollution, and introduction of invasive species. The Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation area is right next door to Tesla Park and already offers off-roaders 1,300 acres to ride—rather than expanding it, we need to protect the natural biodiversity nearby.
Tesla Park is home to many threatened and rare species, including the California Red Legged Frog and California Tiger Salamander. The area’s vertebrate population is one of the most diverse in the region and fossils dating back 40-50 million years have been found in the park. There is so much biodiversity and history to be found in this area—we can’t let it be ruined by the adverse affects of off-roading.
With your previous interest in environmental issues and your status as governor of California, your support for this cause would be invaluable. Support the preservation of Tesla Park by asking California’s Off Road Vehicle division to reconsider expanding Carnegie State Recreational Vehicle Area.
[Your Name Here]
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