Help Create a Tesla Reserve


Classify Tesla as a 3,100 acre State Reserve under Public Resources Code 5019.65.

State Reserve classification helps to fully preserve particularly rare and sensitive plants, animals, scenic qualities, geological features and cultural resources of statewide significance. Tesla has all of these qualities. 

People are still allowed and encouraged to visit reserves. There is public access for day use within reserves with the focus on preservation, enjoyment and education. 

A Tesla Reserve can include hiking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, nature appreciation, self-guided interpretive trails, guided tours, trail signs and educational exhibits and picnicking. A Tesla Reserve can support education and research for K-12 schools, college students and scientists.  A Tesla Reserve can also serve the Native American community for traditional and ceremonial purposes. A Tesla Reserve would be the only Reserve in the region.

Classifying Tesla as a Reserve is a rare opportunity to fully protect a large sensitive and diverse intact ecosystem in the Diablo Range. We cannot let this rare opportunity to fully protect this rare natural and cultural landscape pass by.

To fully protect sensitive resources, development of facilities, resource manipulation and more active/intrusive recreation activities are not generally allowed in a reserve. But State Parks has other adjacent property that is already impacted, plus Carnegie SVRA, where these more impactful facilities and recreation activities can be located, thereby protecting Tesla as a Reserve.


Join Public Visioning Process for the Tesla Reserve

State Parks has announced two public workshops and an online survey to provide input into the Tesla Classification process (see, Participate page)

  • In-Person Workshop
    November 14, 2023, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
    Livermore Library
    1188 S Livermore Ave, Livermore

RSVP at:

  • Virtual Workshop (must register to get link to workshop)
    November 28, 2023, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
    Virtual / Online

Register at:

Help us establish Tesla as a Reserve by attending at least one of the public workshops and completing the online survey and advocating for a Tesla Reserve.

Click here for more information about the workshops and online survey and how your input can help support classification of Tesla as a Reserve.

Thank you for your help to Classify Tesla as a Reserve.