GGNRA Dog Management Plan Update

GGNRA Dog Management Is Outrageous

Marin County DOG is reeling after the Golden Gate National Recreation Area announced this week that it plans to eliminate recreational dog walking in most of our favorite places. After years of trying to kick dogs off our beloved beaches and trails, it appears that the NPS is one step closer to achieving its goal. The Proposed Rule for Dog Management was released, and it doesn’t bode well for Marin. 
 
The losses are staggering. There will be no off-leash anywhere on GGNRA lands in Marin with the exception of a small stretch of Rodeo Beach. Furthermore, many formerly dog friendly fire roads and trails are now off limits to dogs, even on leash: Coastal Single Track, Coastal Fire Road, Miwok Fire Road, Kaashi Way (Muir Beach lagoon Trail) and Oakwood Valley Trail, just to name a few. The worst change though is Muir Beach, where folks there are being forced to leash their dogs, which we believe is effectively a ban.
 
In a nutshell, dog owners will have a measly 8 miles of trails to walk on with their dogs, but every inch on-leash.  The only place in Marin where dog owners can have a leash free experience is the north end of Rodeo Beach--a dangerous stretch of beach with treacherous currents--that requires a long drive for all visitors, and adds to southern Marin’s already terrible traffic.
 
The National Park Service decided to ignore the thousands of public comments, and thumb its nose at all three Bay Area counties’  Boards of Supervisors which opposed the plans and called for significant changes. This final draft plan, which is virtually identical to the first preferred alternatives, is being rammed down our throats and represents the largest reduction of public access in the history of the GGNRA.
 
We need you to help us fight to protect our access to this long-standing recreational activity and ensure the Park Service respects the recreational needs oflocal communities. Can we count on you? Here is what you can do:

1. Comment on this latest plan.
Yes, we know they are not listening but when this goes to court, and it will go to court, your substantive comments will lay the groundwork for a suit. Stay tuned for the link to file your comment and tips for how to make those comments really count.

2. Protest.
Plan to join dog lovers from throughout the Bay Area for a protest march to the Federal Building in San Francisco. Date to be determined.

3. Seek out GGNRA supporters.
Help us target companies and organizations that give money to the GGRNA and ask them to reconsider their support until we reach a balanced plan.

4. Get ready to fundraise.
A lawsuit is expensive but we think preserving recreational dog walking in our recreational area is worth the money. It’s why we live here!

To read the Proposed Dog Management plan, click here.
To see the Maps, click here.

Stay tuned for news and updates. This is the eleventh hour, the moment of truth….and our last, best hope to maintain what we hold so dear

GGNRA Update

According to GGNRA officials, a draft Final Rule will be released sometime this fall. This plan will outline where you can legally walk your dog within the GGNRA. If they go ahead with their "preferred alternative", there will be zero off-leash trails for our dogs.

Get ready! Once they release the Final Rule, we will have a mere 60 days to send in our comments. After that, the Final Rule gets signed and it's law. This will be our last chance to have our voices heard. We will let you know when the Final Rule comes out and where to submit your comments. Please let all your friends know so that we can stand up for our rights as dog owners.

Dog-Friendly Holiday Events Marin

Saturday, December 6

Strawberry Village Jingle Jog, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, 9:00am. Jump start your holiday spirit with a festive 1 mile or 4 mile family fun run along the shores of the Strawberry Pennisula.

Brave the Bay, Aquatic Park, San Francisco, 8:30am. Santa's Triathlon - Santa Walk & Fun Run, Santa Plunge in the Bay and/or Santa Cable Car Pull, Aquatic Park, San Francisco.

Photos with Santa, Marin Humane Society, Novato, from 1 to 4pm. Registration recommended, walk-ins welcome.

Tiburon Holiday Festival, Downtown Tiburon
 

Sunday, December 7

Photos with Santa, Marin Humane Society, Novato, from 1 to 4pm. Registration recommended, walk-ins welcome.
 

Monday, December 8

Pet Photos at The Village at Corte Madera, November 28 - December 24, Pet Night is December 1, 8, 12 from 3-5pm
 

Sunday, December 14

Reindogs and Rocket Dog Holiday Pet Parade, Marina District, San Francisco. Walk with us on December 14th for the First Annual Reindogs and Rocket Dog Holiday Pet Parade, brought to you by Rover.com! Dress up with your pal in your most festive attire and join in the reindog games.

Reindogs will gather at Wolf & Lion Pet Supplies at 1pm. The first 60 dogs will receive FREE reindog antlers! We will be serving hot chocolate for you and treats for the reindogs. There will be plenty of cute photo opps with Santa Dog and his friends. *Please do not park in store lot. There is parking available in and around the Presidio just a few blocks away.

At 2pm, The Reindogs and Rocket Dog Holiday Pet Parade will leash up and set out on a loop through Crissy Field and the Presidio.
Rover.com will be giving away prizes for "Best dressed Reindog", "Best Dressed Duo- Reindog and Handler Duo", and "Santa's Cutest Little Helper." 

Registration for this event is $5. 100% of all proceeds from this event will be donated to San Francisco's Rocket Dog Rescue. Rover.com pet sitters will be on hand to collect toy, food, and cash donations.

Sunday, December 14

Novato Pet Food Express, Pet Photos with Santa & Pet Adoption Fair, 12pm - 4pm. 100% of all proceeds will benefit Golden Gate Lab Rescue

December 20

San Anselmo Pet Food Express- Pet Photos with Santa, from 1pm - 4pm. 100% of all proceeds will benefit Red Hill Dog Park.
 

Dog-Friendly Christmas Tree Farms

Celesta Farms

  • Celesta Court, Sebastopol
  • Free home baked cookies, hot chocolate, apple cider, and hot coffee
  • Pet friendly

Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm, Petaluma

  • 2 Locations: 961 Chapman Lane, Petaluma & 2241 Liberty Road, Petaluma
  • Farm animals
  • Pet friendly

Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm

  • 1550 Moon Mountain Drive, Sonoma
  • Free hot cider, chocolate, coffee, Christmas cookies and Candy Caneshot cider, chocolate, coffee, and Candy Canes
  • Pet friendly