COMMENT PERIOD HAS CLOSED - WE WILL POST NEWS ABOUT THE DOG MANAGEMENT PLAN AS WE GET IT - EXPECT LITTLE ACTION FOR THE NEXT F
See new sample comment letter (titled GGNRA_Sample Letter.doc) on the Shared Documents page.
The most important issue we face right now is the proposed restriction of off- and on-leash recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The GGNRA published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Dog Management (DEIS) in January which identifies a range of dog management alternatives and an adaptive management plan for 21 specific locations, and identifies one preferred alternative for each location. In every case, the preferred alternatives either eliminate or dramatically reduce existing dog walking access.
Public comment on the DEIS closes on May 29th. We are reviewing the document with consultants (legal & environmental) to help us focus on comments & analysis that will result in a more acceptable dog management plan. We'll share information with you as soon as it's in shape for public distribution - to help you with your comments too.
Check out the presentations made on February 8th at the SF/SPCA by SF/SPCA co-president, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett; Tetra Tech Senior Environmental Scientist John Bock; and Eco-Dog coalition member Gary Fergus. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the DEIS process, and how to make comments that cannot be ignored by the GGNRA. The presentations can be found in the Eco-Dog Docs section of our resource library.
The GGNRA site which includes all of their project documents, meeting notices, newsletters and other material related to the dog management plan is located at www.parkplanning.nps.gov. Select Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Dog Management Draft Plan/DEIS. From the project site, you can review the DEIS by selecting “Open for Comment” and clicking on the document name.
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