Editorial: Dogs in State Parks

By: DogTrekker Staff
Seacliff State Beach

On the pier at Seacliff State Beach

We want to thank the hundreds of DogTrekker readers who responded so positively to our May 15, 2013 newsletter featuring an open letter to Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California Parks Foundation. The letter was complimentary about the work the foundation has done to raise awareness and funds to protect, maintain and enhance our parks.

However, DogTrekker.com took issue with a recent survey of foundation members asking how they use their parks and what changes they would like to see. None of the questions mentioned dogs or dog access.

We strongly advocate for having a stronger voice for dog owners with the foundation and the California State Parks administration. We maintain that dog owners should have the same access as those who are hiking, boating, fishing, riding horses, off-roading or participating in other of the two dozen recreational activities cited in the survey.

We Californians love our dogs—and our state parks. But most dog owners are frustrated by state-park regulations that restrict canine visitors to parking lots and campgrounds. Only in a few parks are dogs allowed to accompany their people on trails and beaches. We pointed out in our letter that in addition to the fairness of providing high-quality outdoor recreation for all, easing restrictions on dogs also presents an economic opportunity for state parks.

Thanks again to those of you who responded. If you missed the May 15th issue, you can read the letter and find the resources to support our position.

Dave Kendrick
Co-founder, DogTrekker.com


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