Dog Management Planning
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is conducting a planning process to decide how best to manage dog walking in the park.
Draft Dog Management Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Released for Public Comment
Please note that the public comment period has now ended.
Given the substance of many of the comments received on the Draft Dog Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, availability of additional data and studies, and potential changes to the alternatives and impacts analysis resulting from that information, a Supplemental EIS (SEIS) has been developed for the draft Dog Management Plan. This provides a second opportunity to comment on the future of dog management in GGNRA before we issue the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for public review and comment in 2015.
What are the key changes between the 2011 draft plan/EIS and this draft plan/SEIS?
- addtion of new data
- consideration of additional research
- Some changes to the impacts analysis
- Changes to the management strategy to expand monitoring and eliminate automatic triggers.
- Evaluation of fencing as a future management option to manage dog walking impacts
- Changes to dog walking access at some sites in the preferred alternative
- Site specific alternatives and analysis for Rancho Corral de Tierra in San Mateo County
which was not part of the park when the 2011 draft plan/DEIS was completed
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
Draft Dog Management Plan/EIS Comment Response Report
The NPS reviewed all comments submitted on the draft plan/EIS, and responded to the substantive comments in a Comment Response Report. Although a comment response report is normally only published with a final EIS, the NPS has chosen to release this report during the comment period for the draft Dog Management Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which was released for public comment on September 6, 2013, and is available for review and comment at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dogplan While this response report is not open for comment, we are releasing it at this time to help commenters understand how their original substantive comments were addressed. To review the draft plan/EIS Comment Response Report, click here.
Project Schedule as of September 2013
September 6, 2013: Release the Supplemental EIS (SEIS) for public comment
Fall 2014: Release the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for public comment (60 days)
Summer 2015: FEIS published
Fall 2015: Record of Decision published
Winter 2015: Final rule published. Implementation begins 30 days after the rule is published
For more information or to be added to the project email list, please call the Project Information Line: 415-561-4728.
Where can I walk my dog?
Current status of dog walking in GGNRA
While the park is developing a new regulation for dog walking in GGNRA, the current status of what areas of the park are open to dog walking, either on leash or under voice control, will continue. Click here for more information about where to walk your dog.
Draft Dog Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
The Draft Plan/EIS was released for public review and comment from January 14 to May 30, 2011; 4,713 comments were received. Click here to go to the GGNRA web page with all comments received on the Draft Plan/EIS. This includes letters received by mail, hand delivery or comments submitted online through the NPS PEPC website, as well as comments submitted in person at the four public, open-house meetings on the Draft Plan/EIS. Click here to see the Public Comment Summary Report. and click here to see the appendix to the report that contains letters with specific, detailed comments on the DEIS.
The Draft Plan/EIS is still available online, although the comment period has closed. Click here to read the Draft Plan/EIS.
Prior to the release of the Draft Plan/EIS, there were two earlier phases of the dog management planning process; the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee in 2006/2007 and an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR).
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Dog Management
In 2006, a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Dog Management in GGNRA, with members Committee members selected to represent the diverse interests likely to be affected by a new regulation for dog management, was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Committee's charter was to develop consensus recommendations to the park about how to manage dog walking in GGNRA lands. This process was used to bring public input in at the beginning of the rulemaking effort, rather than the more traditional rulemaking wherein the agency develops the proposed rule and receives public input only after the proposed rule is developed. Click here for more information about the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Dog Management.
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR)
The ANPR, published in 2002 for a 90-day public comment period, was GGNRA's initial step to confirm that a new regulation for dog walking was needed in the park.The result of the ANPR was that GGNRA sent a recommendation to Washington that the park be allowed to go forward with a rule making process to develop a new dog walking regulation specific to GGNRA. Click here for more information about the APNR.