Draft Dog Management Plan/SEIS
The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Draft Dog Management Plan (draft plan/SEIS) was released on September 6, 2013 for a 90-day public review and comment period. Following the government shutdown, the comment period was extended until January 11, 2014. However, due to continued concern from some stakeholders, the comment period has been extended a second time, to Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Hard copies must be postmarked by February 18; online comments must be submitted before 11 p.m. Pacific (midnight Mountain Time) on February 18.
The draft plan/SEIS follows a previous draft plan/EIS, released in January 2011 that generated 4700 comment letters. This draft plan/SEIS responds to the substantive public comments on the draft plan/EIS and includes analysis of dog management for Rancho Corral de Tierra, a site in San Mateo County that was added to the park in December 2011, after the development and release of the draft Plan/EIS.
As a result of consideration of substantive comments on the 2011 document, the draft plan/SEIS incorporates new data, considers additional research, makes some changes to the impacts analysis, revises the management strategy to accentuate and expand monitoring and eliminate automatic triggers, evaluates fencing as an future management tool to manage dog walking impacts, adjusts the preferred alternative at several sites, and includes site specific alternatives and analysis for Rancho Corral de Tierra.
The draft plan/SEIS evaluates the impacts of six alternatives, including the preferred alterantive, for dog management in 22 sites within the 20,000 acres that are owned and managed by Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The draft plan/SEIS does not address lands within the park boundary managed by other agencies such as the Presidio Trust or Pt. Reyes National Seashore.
The preferred alternative includes:
· Site-specific treatments that provide a balanced range of visitor experiences, with areas that allow on-leash and off-leash/voice-control dog walking, as well as areas that prohibit dogs
· Off-leash/voice control dog walking in seven specific areas of the park where impacts to visitor experience and safety and sensitive resources would be minimized
· On-leash dog walking in many areas of the park
· No dog walking in areas of the park where impacts were unacceptable and could not be mitigated
· A monitoring-based management strategy that would measure compliance with the dog walking regulation and impacts to resources. The resulting data would inform park management and law enforcement when, where, and how to prioritize responses to noncompliance
· Permits allowing both individual and commercial dog walkers to walk more than three dogs, with a limit of six dogs, in seven areas of the park
· Site-specific analysis of dog walking alternatives in Rancho Corral de Tierra.
Public Comments Welcomed
A copy of the draft plan/SEIS will also be available at these local libraries:
San Mateo County
Public Open House Meetings
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Monday, November 4, 2013, 4:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 4:00-8:00 PM
How to Comment
Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information about the draft plan/SEIS and the overall dog management planning project, click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions.
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