• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that gives you the right to access any Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service (NPS), or Department of the Interior (DOI) records unless DOI reasonably foresees that the release of the information in those records would harm an interest protected by one or more of the nine exemptions (reasons an agency may withhold records from a requester) or release is prohibited by law.

If you are seeking general information about Golden Gate National Recreation Area, you may wish to explore other pages of this website or feel free to contact the park. The information you are seeking may already be available on the Internet (check out our Reading Room which includes responses to previous FOIA Requests and Other Documents of Interest), at park Visitor Centers, or by simply calling 415-561-4734, mailing, or e-mailing your request to the park. If it is not, you will need to submit a written FOIA request (there is no official request form, just send us a letter describing the records you desire) to:

Superintendent
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123-1307

You may also submit FOIA requests to the NPS or the DOI. If you have questions on what information is available without submitting a FOIA request or where it may be located, contact one of the NPS FOIA Officers and Contacts or DOI FOIA Contacts. Our responsibility is to provide you with copies of the documents you are entitled to receive under the law. We want to work with you to achieve that goal.

National Park Service FOIA page

Department of the Interior FOIA page

What are the 9 Exemptions?

The following are the 9 FOIA exemptions and the information they cover:

  1. Classified national defense and foreign relations information.
  2. Internal agency personnel rules and practices.
  3. Documentary materials or information prohibited from disclosure by another law.
  4. Trade secrets and other confidential business information.
  5. Certain inter-agency, or intra-agency communications.
  6. Personnel, medical, and other records and information involving personal privacy.
  7. Records and information compiled for law enforcement purposes.
  8. Records relating to financial institutions.
  9. Geological records and information on oil wells.

Disclaimer: To the extent that anything included on this home page may be or could be construed as inconsistent with the law or DOI's regulations, the law and regulations will control DOI's responsibilities under the FOIA.

Did You Know?

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Even if California and the West gets more rainfall with global warming, earlier snow melt and hotter summers will likely produce more drought stress, increasing susceptibility to pathogens and invasive species.