Save Our Recreation

Save Our Recreation

Save Our Recreation

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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After a 14-year battle to protect the rights of dog parents in the GGNRA, the National Park Service has withdrawn the proposed dog management plan.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 Andrea Buffa, Save Our Recreation:

“This is a huge victory for the people of the Bay Area. For years, we’d been telling the park service that dog walking is an important form of recreation for us: it’s part of our way of life. Now, finally, they were forced to listen.

I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to keep going to Ft. Funston with my two Australian cattle dogs and get the exercise they and I both need. That’s what living in the Bay Area is about, and we were able to keep that intact.

The documents we discovered in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit were damning enough that the Park Service felt like it couldn't move forward. We revealed that the process used to develop the dog rule was biased and there was misconduct by numerous Park Service officials. The Park Service corrupted its own process.

The only question we still have is San Mateo County. The Park Service took away all off-leash dog walking there when it took over those lands, even though people had been walking their dogs off leash there for decades. We need to make sure dog walking in San Mateo County stays protected."

For forty years, people have been welcome at the beaches and trails of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), which comprises 80,000 acres across San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. This public land provides much needed recreational space in the densely populated Bay Area. In fact, San Francisco was recently ranked the second densest city in the U.S. after New York City and is growing fast, which means that access to open recreational space is needed now more than ever.

Save Our Recreation is a developing organization that serves as an umbrella group to bring people and organizations supporting recreation together.

As advocates for the preservation of recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and a comprehensive process that includes public input, independent voices and thoughtful consideration before any changes are made to recreational areas, Save Our Recreation does not believe people and nature are incompatible. They believe that there can be a balance so that recreational opportunities can be protected while still being responsible stewards of the environment.

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 »
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 »
Enjoying the view, and the freedom. Photo Credit: RACINGMIX (CC)
Enjoying the view, and the freedom. Photo Credit: RACINGMIX (CC)
If the National Park Service’s proposed dog rule goes through, it will constitute the largest single reduction in recreational access for people in the history of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. more »
Best friends hike at Sweeney Ridge. Photo Credit: steph_schwartz
Best friends hike at Sweeney Ridge. Photo Credit: steph_schwartz
Stretching from Pacifica to Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County coastside has long been a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and dog lovers. Where else can one find a world-famous big wave surf spot named after a dog, Maverick?

Starting in early 2017, this way of life will be severely impacted if the Park Service’s proposed dog management rule goes through. In San Mateo County, the rule will cut on-leash dog walking trails by 50-65% at four popular dog walking sites—Mori Point, Sweeney Ridge, Milagra Ridge and Rancho Corral de Tierramore »
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