GGNRA Park officials to meet with public on dog issues, Wednesday March 9 in Pacifica

GGNRA will be holding a public open house on the Draft Dog Management Plan this Wednesday, March 9 between 4–8 p.m. at

Cabrillo School (Google map)

601 Crespi Drive
Pacifica, CA 94044

The Draft Dog Management Plan/DEIS contains two volumes and is over 2400 pages in length. (http://www.nps.gov/goga/deis.htm) It is a compilation of proposed alternatives and analyses for 21 different areas of the GGNRA’s current park system. Although Rancho Corral de Tierra is not specifically addressed in the document because it has not become part of the NPS system but you can see what is in store for the future park.

It would be best to look at the 5 main alternatives and select the one which would be closest to your own ideas on dog management within the parks:

• No Action – current dog walking practices would continue.
• On-leash dog walking only – would bring the park into alignment with the NPS-wide leash regulations.
• Multiple/Balanced Use – would emphasize multiple use, and balance use by county ranging from no dogs, on-leash dog walking, and voice/sight control in regulated off-leash areas [ROLA].
• Environmentally Preferred – would be the most protective of resources and visitors safety (This is proposed for “new lands”).
• Multiple/Balanced Use – would provide dog walkers the greatest level of access per area ranging from no dogs, on-leash dog walking, and voice/sight control in regulated off-leash areas [ROLA].

Feel free to add your own additions or other supportive arguments for what you would like to see in the policy. The National Park Service (NPS) has a broad spectrum of park users whose many needs will have to be addressed so thoughtful, substantive comments will be the most productive for the planners.

Note that the comments phase has been extended until May 29th. The entire document, including summaries, maps and charts, is available on the internet at Dog Management DraftPlan/DEIS (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=11759).

Three ways to comment:

• Online at National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dogplan
Mail comments to:
Frank Dean, General Superintendent
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123-0022
Attend one of the public open house meetings

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