The Current Crisis
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Leash!
Public access for you and your dog remains at risk in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), the first of what may be a trend in all other national recreation areas across the country by the National Parks Service (NPS). In January 2011, the GGNRA administration released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a new proposed Dog Management Plan that will replace the 1979 Pet Policy. In the SF Bay Area, the community of people with and without dogs has long been at the forefront of the fight to retain recreational access to land in the GGNRA. And we will continue to fight to keep the Bay Area’s “backyard” open to all.
On September 6, 2013, the NPS released a new “Draft Dog Management Plan/ Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement” for the GGNRA. This plan mostly ignores the overwhelming popular dissatisfaction with the previous plan and reduces dog recreation areas throughout the GGNRA with reductions of 80% in some parts. For example, NPS proposes no dogs allowed on east beach at Crissy Field.
Note: This no longer affects only dog-owners as a general management plan following will affect all users and visitors. Everyone enjoying these national and city parks will be affected forever…unless you act TODAY!
In February 2016, NPS released the FINAL Draft Dog Management Plan proposal. Public comment period is open through May 25, 2016.
Please use the form to the below to submit your comments by 05/25/2016, or Bay Area users and residents in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo and neighboring counties will lose significant recreational use of urban open spaces, including areas at Ocean Beach, Ft. Funston, Lands End, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Sweeney Ridge, and Muir Beach.
Your comment will be delivered to your Members of Congress, President of the United States and to the National Parks Service (NPS) through their official comment system.