The Current Crisis
Without your action, Bay Area residents in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties will lose significant recreational use of urban open spaces, including areas at Ocean Beach, Ft. Funston, Lands End, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Sweeney Ridge, and Muir Beach.
The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a new General Management Plan (GMP) reducing recreational use in all Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) parks.
This no longer affects only dog-owners. Everyone enjoying these national and city parks will be affected forever…unless you act.
A Little More Detail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)
In January 2011, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), run by National Park Service (NPS) put out a 2,235-page plan that proposes eliminating 90% off leash dog walking areas and severely restricting dog walking rights and usage of 21 existing GGNRA sites in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo counties, and all future sites. The main web page for this plan can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/goga/deis.htm. Public comments have been accepted. We are waiting for GGNRA’s response and revised draft.
In October 2011, the GGNRA is now proposing a more broadly impacting General Management Plan (GMP). This GMP proposes virtually reclassifying GGNRA parks, eliminating popular recreation such as running, picnicking, informal sports, and dog walking. Over the past 20 years, the U.S. Congress has denied GGNRA’s official request to change it’s name (and implicit purpose) to “Golden Gate National Parks”. Once again, GGNRA effectively seeks to sidestep its enabling legislation through this management plan modification. This is unlawful because only an Act of Congress may accomplish such a drastic outcome that would adversely affect millions of people who live near these urban recreation areas.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (GGNPC)
The GGNPC (parksconservancy.org) is a non-profit whose “mission is to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.”
Notice that their mission does not include “recreation.” The GGNPC donates $millions to the GGNRA with noticeable resulting influence. For years, the GGNRA has been trying to remove “Recreation” from its name. This may seem harmless, but make not mistake — the GGNRA is trying to distance itself from providing “recreation”, as the GGNRA lands were originally apportioned. In fact, in disregard to a Congressional rejection of a name change, GGNRA continues to fraudulently use the name “Golden Gate National Parks”. By using the “Golden Gate National Parks” name, the GGNRA further blurs the distinction between GGNRA and GGNPC, which has no obligation to watch out fairly for Bay Area residents and urban recreational needs. GGNPC has even designed their logo to look like GGNRA’s park logos.
What You Can Do
- Sign petition calling for congressional oversight of GGNRA and NPS.
- Write your congressional representatives asking them to oppose GGNRA’s restrictions to off-leash dog walking. Point out the flagrant conflicts of interest in the GGNRA and GGNPC relationship and demand transparency and equal treatment despite donations from special interest groups.
- Stay informed by signing up for SaveOffLeash updates
- Sign petition opposing the 2011 proposed Dog Plan.
- SPREAD THE WORD
GGNRA DEIS Dog Plan
Info about previous GGNRA DEIS Dog Plan can be found here. We are waiting for GGNRA’s response to the public comments submitted in 2011. You can still inform your congress persons that you oppose this plan that will allow GGNRA to significantly reduce off-leash dog areas at their sole discretion.