UPDATE: Good News! Indefinite delay GGNRA dog management plan!

Posted by the San Francisco Dog Walker

The the latest update on the dog management plan for Golden Gate National Recreation Area is good news!  It is on hold!  The National Park Service released a statement saying it will delay any decision on when to implement the plan.

IMG_0274The statement comes as the federal agency reviews emails being produced in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from dog owners who don’t want to lose access to trails and beaches where they now can let their pets run free. The request dates back to 2015, but plan opponents filed suit in April to speed up the pace of release.

“I think they’ve finally taken a concerted look at what has surfaced,” said Chris Carr, a partner at the law firm Morrison & Foerster, which is representing dog owner groups opposed to the plan. “My view is that the process has been fatally tainted by the bad-faith conduct of the GGNRA and its staff.”

Emails haven’t been released because park service employees claim to have forgotten passwords to systems where older ones are stored.  The emails released so far include sarcastic comments by employees about opponents of the tightened restrictions.

The park service statement that “we are putting on hold … the publication of the Final Rule on Dog Management” also follows letters asking for a delay on final action from three Bay Area congressional members.