GGNRA Dog Management Plan - ACTION

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 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.

What can you do now?

  • Sign our petition to oppose the preferred alternatives in the Draft Dog Management Plan
  • Call your congressional representatives and tell them how you feel about the proposed restrictions to off-leash recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Remind them that they created the GGNRA in the 1970's as the first urban recreation area, that hiking with our off-leash dogs is OUR form of recreation, and that severe restrictions are not justified by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

    U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi...(202) 225-4965

    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.........................(202) 224-3553

    U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.....................(202) 224-3841

    U.S. Representative Jackie Speier...............(202) 225-3531

    U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey..............(202) 225-5161

    U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo.................(202) 225-8104

     Not sure who your Congressperson is? Go to and enter your zip code.

  • Read the DEIS Executive Summary on the GGNRA project site (only 24 pages!)
  • Participate in public meetings 
  • Submit written comment (via the GGNRA project site). There is no limit on the number of comments you can submit.
  • Copy your elected officials.Work with your dog-walking friends to develop and submit a better dog management plan for the GGNRA locations you are familiar with.
  • Keep coming back for the latest information on how to make substantive comments on the DEIS.
  • Donate! We need funds to pay for the environmental and legal consultants (make a tax-deductible donation at


Fort Mason March 7 Off-Leash Rally