Protect Our Natural Resources! Protect Our Rights and Privileges!
Over the past decade, as dog-friendly travel has increased and more dog parents have taken to the roads, trails and beaches; access by dog-parents to some of California's outdoor treasures has come under attack. Park districts with beaches and trails that were formally open to dogs, both leashed and unleashed, have tightened those leashes by restricting or have even banned access.
There is no greater example of this than the attempts by the National Park Service
over the past decade to cut dog walking areas in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
by 90%! Fortunately, in late 2017, the NPS abruptly ended its battle
with the many dog parents, dog groups, politicians and lawyers, after a corrupt planning process was revealed through documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Read More
The GGNRA is not the only battleground in the fight to maintain existing and secure new access to recreate with our dogs in the outdoors. While not as well published, there have been several other park districts in California where their boards or management teams have considered additional restrictions on dog access, often citing issues with dog parents not picking up their waste and/or packing out with their dog bags, allowing their dogs to go unleashed in posted wildlife or sensitive environments, as well as other issues.
For most of us dog people, recreating with our dogs is a way of life. Dogs need exercise as well as their people. Whether you feel that having this access is a right or a privilege, the bottom line is that we need to protect this access by doing everything we can to minimize our impact on wildlife and the environment as well as be good ambassadors. While DogTrekker continues to work with advocacy groups and park districts around the state, we encourage all DogTrekkers to follow our Leave Only Paw Prints™ guidelines to help create a stronger bond between our pups and parks, conservancy, and environmental groups.