GGNRA DEIS Dog Plan

The Bottom Line Situation

  • 90% of all off-leash (voice-control) free dog areas in the Bay Area governed by GGNRA will be eliminated!

A Little More Detail

  • The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) has put out a 44 file , 2,235-page plan to revise 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.htmandonline documents and commenting available here: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dogplan
  • This plan recommends that every single off-leash (under voice control) free dog area be eliminated and/or redefined as smaller “regulated off-leash areas” (ROLAs).  The plan then gives GGNRA unfettered discretion arbitrarily change any ROLA to “on-leash” or “no dogs” at any time.
  • This plan proposes to be in effect for at least 20 years.
  • GGNRA Off-Leash Issue History
  • May 30, 2011 is the deadline for any public comments regarding this dog plan.  You can enter or add comments as many times as you like, so don’t wait until the last minute.

What You Can Do

To preserve off-leash dog walking areas:

  1. Sign petition
  2. Write your congressional representatives asking them to oppose GGNRA’s restrictions to off-leash dog walking.
  3. SPREAD THE WORD

Schedule

“Friending” Senator Feinstein
Saturday, August 27 · 11:00am – 12:00pm
Our final outreach is this weekend to recruit 1,000 “friends” who will send Senator Feinstein a postcard that urges her to act on the GGNRA extreme plan that bans dogs from most recreational areas.

Click here for past schedule.

GGNRA Example Biases

The GGNRA Dog Plan appears to be biased towards reducing dog walking uses.  No balanced arguments are made for the negative impacts from the plan’s proposed increased restrictions.

…NAS finished its investigation, concluding that the National Park Service had “selectively presented, overinterpreted, or misrepresented the available scientific information…” – Will America’s parks be his oyster?  Salon.com, July 14, 2009

  • This plan depicts “Option E” as “Most Dog Walking Access”.  However, this is misleading, because in many (most?) cases Option A (no action) would actually provide the more dog walking access than Option E.
  • Congress originally designated these GGNRA (Golden Gate National Recreational Area) for recreational use.   The GGNRA has been trying to change the classification to “Park”, which will change the primary objective from recreational use (as originally intended) to preservation, in the class of Yosemite preservation.  “GGNRA staff have argued that since off-leash dogs are not allowed in the wilderness of Yosemite, they should not be allowed in the highly modified, urban recreation area of the GGNRA.” – http://www.sfdog.orgA wildlife & recreation study indicates that parks with dog access have more visitation. Of course, perhaps that’s the whole point of the “dog management plan,” i.e. get rid of the dogs, and you get rid of the people. As Daphne Hatch, GGNRA biologist (pictured in this article) once said, “Ocean Beach without the people is an incredible habitat…”
  • See more details here: http://sfdog.org/content/attempts-change-name-ggnra

Why This Plan Should Be Rejected EVEN IF YOU DO NOT PARTICULARLY LIKE DOGS

  • This “Dog Plan” is another attempt by GGNRA to move these green spaces away from recreation use and towards preservation, which reduces uses for people too.  These “recreational areas” were originally so designated by congress for urban areas. [See “GGNRA Example Biases” above.]
  • NPS and GGNRA actually want to reduce general recreation and people traffic:  “Ocean Beach without the people is an incredible habitat,” Hatch said. “But people think of it as a sandbox or their backyard.” (Daphne Hatch, chief of natural resources management and science at the GGNRA, 2005)
  • There is much misunderstanding about optimizing co-existence between dogs and humans, such as:
    • A well-exercised dog, is a well-behaved dog.
    • Available off-leash areas are already scarce.  Further reductions will likely force dog owners and walkers into other parks and areas whether so designated or not.
    • Those few neurotic dogs are often due to lack of stimulation and/or exercise.
    • Increased restrictions often have reverse results.  For example, notice how dogs usually bark more and squabble with each other more when they are on-leash.  They feel restricted and vulnerable when tied up (as you or I would).
    • In a society becoming increasing more disconnected with our planet and its co-habitants, we need better animal understanding, not less which will result from additional restrictions.
Update to SaveOffLeash ScheduleArnita Bowmanto:Samir SaveOffLeash04/12/2011 02:00 PMCc:Martha WaltersFrom:    Arnita Bowman <arnitabowman@hotmail.com>To:    Samir SaveOffLeash <samir@ghosh.com>Cc:    Martha Walters <rosewalt4@gmail.com>

The Bottom Line Situation

  • 90% of all off-leash (voice-control) free dog areas in the Bay Area governed by GGNRA will be eliminated!

A Little More Detail

  • The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) has put out a 44 file , 2,235-page plan to revise 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.htmandonline documents and commenting available here: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dogplan
  • This plan recommends that every single off-leash (under voice control) free dog area be eliminated and/or redefined as smaller “regulated off-leash areas” (ROLAs).  The plan then gives GGNRA unfettered discretion arbitrarily change any ROLA to “on-leash” or “no dogs” at any time.
  • This plan proposes to be in effect for at least 20 years.
  • GGNRA Off-Leash Issue History
  • May 30, 2011 is the deadline for any public comments regarding this dog plan.  You can enter or add comments as many times as you like, so don’t wait until the last minute.

What You Can Do

To preserve off-leash dog walking areas:

  1. Sign petition
  2. Write your congressional representatives asking them to oppose GGNRA’s restrictions to off-leash dog walking.
  3. SPREAD THE WORD

Schedule

“Friending” Senator Feinstein
Saturday, August 27 · 11:00am – 12:00pm
Our final outreach is this weekend to recruit 1,000 “friends” who will send Senator Feinstein a postcard that urges her to act on the GGNRA extreme plan that bans dogs from most recreational areas.

Click here for past schedule.

GGNRA Example Biases

The GGNRA Dog Plan appears to be biased towards reducing dog walking uses.  No balanced arguments are made for the negative impacts from the plan’s proposed increased restrictions.

…NAS finished its investigation, concluding that the National Park Service had “selectively presented, overinterpreted, or misrepresented the available scientific information…” – Will America’s parks be his oyster?  Salon.com, July 14, 2009

  • This plan depicts “Option E” as “Most Dog Walking Access”.  However, this is misleading, because in many (most?) cases Option A (no action) would actually provide the more dog walking access than Option E.
  • Congress originally designated these GGNRA (Golden Gate National Recreational Area) for recreational use.   The GGNRA has been trying to change the classification to “Park”, which will change the primary objective from recreational use (as originally intended) to preservation, in the class of Yosemite preservation.  “GGNRA staff have argued that since off-leash dogs are not allowed in the wilderness of Yosemite, they should not be allowed in the highly modified, urban recreation area of the GGNRA.” – http://www.sfdog.orgA wildlife & recreation study indicates that parks with dog access have more visitation. Of course, perhaps that’s the whole point of the “dog management plan,” i.e. get rid of the dogs, and you get rid of the people. As Daphne Hatch, GGNRA biologist (pictured in this article) once said, “Ocean Beach without the people is an incredible habitat…”
  • See more details here: http://sfdog.org/content/attempts-change-name-ggnra

Why This Plan Should Be Rejected EVEN IF YOU DO NOT PARTICULARLY LIKE DOGS

  • This “Dog Plan” is another attempt by GGNRA to move these green spaces away from recreation use and towards preservation, which reduces uses for people too.  These “recreational areas” were originally so designated by congress for urban areas. [See “GGNRA Example Biases” above.]
  • NPS and GGNRA actually want to reduce general recreation and people traffic:  “Ocean Beach without the people is an incredible habitat,” Hatch said. “But people think of it as a sandbox or their backyard.” (Daphne Hatch, chief of natural resources management and science at the GGNRA, 2005)
  • There is much misunderstanding about optimizing co-existence between dogs and humans, such as:
    • A well-exercised dog, is a well-behaved dog.
    • Available off-leash areas are already scarce.  Further reductions will likely force dog owners and walkers into other parks and areas whether so designated or not.
    • Those few neurotic dogs are often due to lack of stimulation and/or exercise.
    • Increased restrictions often have reverse results.  For example, notice how dogs usually bark more and squabble with each other more when they are on-leash.  They feel restricted and vulnerable when tied up (as you or I would).
    • In a society becoming increasing more disconnected with our planet and its co-habitants, we need better animal understanding, not less which will result from additional restrictions.
Update to SaveOffLeash ScheduleArnita Bowmanto:Samir SaveOffLeash04/12/2011 02:00 PMCc:Martha WaltersFrom:    Arnita Bowman <arnitabowman@hotmail.com>To:    Samir SaveOffLeash <samir@ghosh.com>Cc:    Martha Walters <rosewalt4@gmail.com>
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