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The Fight is Over: the GGNRA Rolls Over!
After a 14-year battle to protect the rights of dog parents in the GGNRA, the National Park Service has withdrawn the proposed dog management plan. Here is the latest from Cassandra Fimrite, Marin County DOG:

“The withdraw of the dog plan is huge to Marinites. We now get to continue to experience the joy of watching our dogs romp in the waves at Muir and hiking alongside us on beautiful trails.

This win is also a reminder that ripples of activism can turn into a tidal wave of unstoppable change. We halted a flawed planning process, 16 years in the making, that was not based on need or science, which is totally unprecedented. It was a real David versus Goliath story. Had the dog plan gone through, the quality of life here in Marin would have undoubtedly been diminished.

For most of us, walking with our dogs is not only an enjoyably way to exercise but a sacred activity that keeps us sane and grounded to the natural world. They didn’t take it away from us! So let’s now, as dog owners, recommit to taking care of the GGNRA so future generations can experience the same joy."

The Marin County Dog Owners Group (DOG) is the watchdog of fair pet policies in Marin County.

They defend the right of responsible dog owners to take their pets to community trails and beaches. They support environmental stewardship and believe that goal is compatible with recreational use—as it has been for decades.

Marin County DOG works together with governmental agencies, non-profits, environmental organizations and Marin citizens to find sensible, pet-friendly solutions. They speak for the interests of two and four-legged friends.

Dog Advocates
Dog advocates at victory celebration - Top left: Huey Johnson (Resource Renewal Institute), Christine Corwin (Coastside Dog), Cassandra Fimrite (Marin County DOG), Navi Dhillon (Morrison Foerster), Sally Stephens (SFDog), Chris Carr (Baker Botts), Dave Emanuel (Save Our Recreation), Bottom left: Andrea Buffa (Save Our Recreation), Mel Barti (MCD), Laura Pandapas (MCD), and Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears
Dog advocates who helped defeat the National Park Service’s plan to curtail dog-walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area gathered at Muir Beach for a victory celebration last weekend, and there were lots of smiles and wagging tails on display. Here’s what the leaders of the campaign had to say: more »
Bring On The Lawyers!
Last week Bay Area dog and recreation groups banded together to hire the prestigious law firm Morrison & Foerster to represent us and help us fight the National Park Service to save recreational dog walking in the GGNRA. We're filing suit against the National Park Service for refusing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

Please help today by making a tax-deductible donation to our legal defense fund. Any amount you can contribute will help, as we anticipate our legal bills to start at $50,000 for this first phase. Thank you for your support! more »
Kayla at Muir Beach - Don
Kayla at Muir Beach - Don't Leash Me In!
The most troubling impacts of the ill-conceived Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s dog management plan will be felt in Marin County, where historic access to trails and beaches will be drastically reduced or cut off completely for thousands of pet owners.

Residents of several communities in Marin will no longer be able to walk their dogs on trails in their own neighborhoods and will instead have to drive long distances in search of pet friendly areas. more »
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