In early September, 2013, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) released a new version of its proposed dog management plan. The original plan, released in 2011, would have reduced by 90 percent the places where dogs are allowed both on- and off-leash. Among areas impacted:
Fort Funston, Ocean Beach and Crissy Field in San Francisco
Marin Headlands, Rodeo Beach and Muir Beach in Marin County
Sweeney Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra and Mori Point in San Mateo County
Public comment was overwhelmingly opposed to the GGNRA's original plan. As a result, we expected significant changes when the National Park Service released a new version of its plan in a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).
The SEIS finally was realeased on Septembr 6, 2013. It is more than 1,900 pages long and contains no significant modifications in response to more than 4,700 public comments submitted previously. The new dog management plan is essentially the old plan, with a few minor changes. If this plan goes through, it will create a dramatic impact for the people in the Bay Area who enjoy recreating with their dogs in the outdoors.
To view the GGNRA’s new dog management plan, go here
. The National Park Service will be accepting additional public comment until February 18th, 2014. To comment, go here
. To listen to the Sept. 10, 2013 KQED Forum discussion of the issue, go here
Other resources and points of view:
From SF Dog:
National Park Service Site: Click here
The community of people with 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.
Links to other websites with information on Dogs and the GGNRA:
Ocean Beach DOG
This website has a treasure trove of information and documents about dogs and the GGNRA.
Fort Funston Dog Walkers
Contains a lot of information about the fight and court case over closures of land to all park users at Fort Funston.
Crissy Field DOG
This site has an educational video for visitors to the GGNRA with dogs.
This site from a coalition of Bay Area nonprofits advocates for responsible dog guardianship, and the co-existence of off-leash recreation with other recreational uses and the protection of natural resources.
Fort Funston Forum/GGNRA Watch Dog
This site is not updated but is a priceless archive of information about the closures at Fort Funston and the struggle to maintain off-leash recreation in the GGNRA in 2000-2001.
Contact your Local, County and Federal Policy Makers.
Photo Credit: Rohn at Crissy Field - Krysta Paulson