Now here's where it gets more complicated! Remember, when dealing with the Federal government, many proposals must be brought before the public for review/comment, which must be considered before the final decision is made. Check out the Off-Leash History to help you understand where the ANPR (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) fits in.
In 2001, the Park Service tried to rescind a long-standing policy of allowing off-leash recreation anywhere in the GGNRA. Their position is that off-leash activity is prohibited by Park Service regulations, and a special rule is required for exceptions to the Park Service regulations.
In response to a huge public outcry, the Park Service continued to ban off-leash recreation, but embarked on a process to determine if a special rule could be created to allow off-leash activity in selected areas of the GGNRA. This is a long and complicated process during which there are many opportunities for public comment. (Due to a subsequent court case, the Park Service dropped the ban on some off-leash activity while continuing to work on the special rule.)
The ANPR (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) was the first step in this process. Because of the money and effort involved in creating a special rule for off-leash activity, the Park Service wanted to determine whether there was sufficient support (public and governmental) in embarking on this effort.
The documents below which begin with "ANPR" were submitted as comments to the ANPR by the Fort Funston Dog Walkers and other off-leash advocates.
(The final ANPR decision was to proceed to the next step in the special rule process. Refer to our analysis in "Count of ANPR Comments" for an analysis of all the ANPR comments received by the Park Service.)