The National Park Service is suspending its final decision on the GGNRA dog plan while the agency investigates staff emails brought to light via our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

There have been more developments today. 

Today, the National Park Service released their public statement announcing the dog plan hold, as well as the release of 137 pages of emails from a former senior GGNRA official’s personal email account that was used for agency business in the GGNRA dog management planning process.  The emails were released in response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit and show questionable behind-the-scenes collaboration with a handful of external groups working to severely restrict dog walking access in the GGNRA.

These newly-released emails come on the heels of other NPS internal documents and emails received through our FOIA lawsuit showing extreme agency bias against people who walk their dogs, improper and possibly unlawful record keeping practices, and ongoing behind-the-scenes collaboration with external groups.  The NPS staff emails released today and other NPS internal dog plan documents can be viewed on  

Broad External Investigation Needed into the Dog Plan
Given this new new information, today Congresswoman Jackie Speier announced that she has called upon the Department of the Interior Inspector General to conduct a thorough and public inquiry into improper and potentially illegal actions by National Park Services employees at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), where a National Park Service employee used a personal email account to hide deliberate collaborations with special interest groups opposed to off-leash dog walking within the GGNRA.  (Click here to read the full press release.)

Thank You
Marin County DOG wishes to thank Congresswoman Speier and all of you who have continued to fight the Park Service's highly restrictive dog plan over the years.  Our fight is not over, but right now we are thankful that internal NPS dog plan emails and documents are coming to light and actions are being taken.