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On Feb. 23, 2016, the National Park Service released its "Proposed Rule for Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area".  The public comment begins Feb. 24, 2016. Currently, we have 90 days to submit our comments which means the comment period ends May 25, 2016 (to view/comment on the Proposed Rule, please visit http://www.regulations.gov).  It is highly recommended that you visit our 2016 DMP Comment section to assist you in filling out your comment. It is critical that everyone comments on this highly restrictive, Draconian plan.  Failure to comment means that you agree with the plan.

Overall impact in all three counties: reduction of current dog walking recreation space (on- and off-leash) of 90%.

Proposed Rule – San Francisco Impacts: 
  • Ocean Beach: Dogs banned on 80% of the beach.
  • Crissy Field: Dog walking recreation area is cut by 70%. Most dog recreation will now be on leash. Dogs banned from East Beach.
  • Fort Funston: Dog walking recreation area is cut by 60%.
  • Fort Mason: Dog walking recreation area is significantly reduced. There will be a small off-leash area.
  • Baker Beach: Off-leash recreation is banned. Some areas allow on-leash recreation and dogs are banned on the remaining beach area(s).
  • Fort Miley: Off-leash recreation is banned.  Some areas allow on-leash recreation and dogs are banned on the residual.
  • Lands End: Off-leash recreation is banned. Dogs are now banned on several trails where they were previously allowed.
Proposed Rule – San Mateo County Impacts:  
  • San Mateo County will no longer have any off-leash areas.
  • There are NO trails in San Mateo County GGNRA that will allow a person to walk with more than three dogs.  
  • There are only a handful of trails in Rancho Corral de Tierra that would allow on-leash dog walking. Dogs will continue to be banned from the majority of Rancho.
  • Current GGNRA dog walking trails in Pacifica would be cut by more than half.  Access to Sweeney Ridge would be lost from the Pacifica side.

Proposed Rule – Marin County Impacts:  

  • Off-leash recreation is only allowed in certain portions of the Marin Headlands and Rodeo Beach.
  • On-leash allowed in portions of other areas, otherwise, dogs are banned.

The 2016 DMP for Ocean Beach at a Glance

 

North of Stairwell 21 (.7 miles)
Stairwell 21 to Sloat (2.3 miles)
South of Sloat (.6 miles)
1979 Pet Policy
Off Leash
Off Leash
Off Leash
1996 Compendium
Off Leash
On Leash
Off Leash
2001 Arbitrary Closure
On Leash
On Leash
On Leash
2004 Judicial Reinstatement
Off Leash
Off Leash
Off Leash
2006 Emergency Closure
Off Leash
On Leash *
Off Leash
2011 DEIS
Off Leash
BANNED
BANNED
2013-2014 SEIS
Off Leash
BANNED
BANNED
2016 DMP
Off Leash
BANNED
BANNED
* Excepting May 15 to July 1

Monitoring-Based Management (aka, The Poison Pill) is still a part of the rule, but this version is the most dangerous of all. In this version of the Poison Pill, the GGNRA allows itself the flexibility to implement secondary management actions (which can include short, long or permanent closures of dog walking areas) to prevent unacceptable impacts or conditions before they occur. It's all up to the Superintendent-no documentation required! This is a bald-faced attempt to circumvent well established Federal Law to allow GGNRA management to lock dogs and their guardians out of the GGNRA altogether.

Also, new: there will be additional restrictions for anyone walking with more than three dogs, and they apply to everyone – not just professional dog walkers. Those individuals will need a permit, they will only be able to walk with more than three dogs during weekdays from 8 AM – 5 PM. And they will not be allowed at all at Lands End, Fort Miley and Sutro Heights. Additionally, they will be restricted from more areas than are already being cut at Crissy Field and Baker Beach. The rule encourages park rangers to harass people walking a dog by stopping and asking them for proof of rabies vaccination, proof of dog license, proof of permit, proof that dog has immediate recall. GGNRA has budgeted $2.6 million to enforce the new rule.


Public Meetings:  The Park Service will be holding public meetings on the proposed rule from 6pm-8pm at Farallone View Elementary in Montara (Mar. 22) and the Pacifica Community Center (Mar. 31st).   


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