Crissy Field Dog Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for responsible dog ownership and establishing and upholding permanent off-leash dog walking rights within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA).
CFDG is working directly with the GGNRA, our Congressional delegation, and other stakeholders to advocate off-leash dog walking and other recreation issues within the GGNRA. It is our ultimate goal to restore permanent off-leash dog walking and preserve recreation within the GGNRA. As an organized non-profit group, we have a substantial membership base and voice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
January 12, 2017
The recent winter storms have left a lot of debris at Central Beach including large pieces of wood, plastic, glass bottles, etc.
It would be helpful when you walk your dog at Crissy Field to bring extra bags from home to help clean it up and encourage other visitors to help too!
January 10, 2017 evening:
CFDG sent a letter to NPS’ Director this evening outlining our deep concerns about the GGNRA Dog Management Plan process and suggestions for a constructive path forward. Here is the link to our letter:
This afternoon, Rep. Jackie Speier sent a letter to the Dept. of Interior’s Inspector General’s office requesting an independent inquiry into “improper activity” of a former GGNRA employee during the federal environmental review process for dog management in the GGNRA. CFDG fully supports Rep. Speier’s request for a truly independent inquiry.
Today, the GGNRA put the Dog Management Plan and Rule on “Hold” for the near future.
While this is very welcomed news, CFDG will continue to work on this issue, to examine the results of the “independent review” and the path forward with the GGNRA.
Please see the press release below:
National Park Service Places Hold on Rule for Dog Management at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
SAN FRANCISCO – The National Park Service is putting on hold the signing of the Record of Decision and the publication of the Final Rule for Dog Management at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The decision comes in response to requests from members of Congress to extend the waiting period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement. This pause will also allow the National Park Service to conduct a review of certain records being released in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the park’s Dog Management plan and rule.
To date, the National Park Service has released more than 260,000 pages of documents dating as far back as 1999 in response to the FOIA request. As part of its ongoing release of records under FOIA, in late-December 2016, the Park Service learned that a former park employee had used personal email for official communications related to the Dog Management Plan planning process. Upon learning this, the Park Service contacted the former employee and obtained his cooperation to conduct a search of his personal email accounts for agency records related to the Dog Management Plan planning process. As a result of that search, the Park Service recovered approximately 137 pages of emails that were responsive to the FOIA request. Those FOIA records will be released and posted today at https://www.nps.gov/goga/learn/management/dog-management-records.htm, “Records Released January, 2017”.
The Park Service will conduct an independent inquiry into whether personal email was used in a manner that is not consistent with applicable laws and policies, and if so, whether its use affected the planning and rulemaking processes. The Park Service will report the results of the internal review to the public. To help ensure an independent and impartial review, the inquiry will be conducted by National Park Service personnel who were not involved in the dog management planning process.
Further action under the National Environmental Policy Act and the rulemaking process for the Dog Management Plan will await the findings and conclusions of the independent review.
As of this moment, we still have not heard if the GGNRA will grant the 30 day extension to their comment period.
December 22, 2016
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (SF), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (San Mateo/SF) and Congressman Jared Huffman (Marin) all sent letters to the GGNRA and the Department of Interior recently requesting a 30 day extension to their comment period. We want to thank them all for understanding our deep concerns about the current Dog Management Plan.
Also, CFDG released a video that we want you to share with your friends and family members…we need to you write the GGNRA and let them that their restrictions for dog walking are not acceptable. Here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/PA0AstZkRRc
Crissy Field: East Beach is still no dogs and NPS added just a little more land for the grassy airfield.
Baker Beach: dogs on leash only
And other areas in SF, Marin and San Mateo did not see many changes either.
Our legal team and board continue to work different angles right now.
We are deeply concerned that NPS has not listened and incorporated our significant concerns.
November 15, 2016
Below is the communication we just received from the GGNRA regarding the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). We are trying to find out the exact timing of the release of this very important document. We will keep you posted when we have an update.
Dog Management Planning Update
The National Park Service expects to enter the final planning stages in the development of a Dog Management Plan and Final Rule for Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in the coming months.
A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is anticipated to be released this winter; the FEIS will analyze alternative approaches to dog management and recommend a Preferred Alternative. The Final Rule for dog management will go into effect following a period of public outreach, education and the installation of signage.
GGNRA recognizes well-managed dog walking is a healthy and popular way to enjoy park lands. You can see a history and timeline of the dog management planning process here.
We will announce when the FEIS is available using this email list and our website, among other methods. If you have questions
October 17, 2016
CFDG sent a letter to the Department of Interior today, requesting that the GGNRA issue a “revised” Dog Management Rule, citing case law examples. Here is a copy of the letter we sent today:
The dog rinse station at Crissy Field’s East Beach will be re-opened tomorrow, Thursday July 21st. Martha Walters, CFDG’s Chair, has been working with the GGNRA to get both the dog rinse station and board sailors’ rinse station re-opened for our user groups.
And as we discussed with the GGNRA, we encourage each and everyone of you to be mindful of using the rinse station and minimize how much water you use to clean your doggies.
The other news is that Chris Lehnertz, GGNRA’s Superintendent, is being reassigned to Grand Canyon National Park. For those folks who haven’t been following the sexual harassment issues in the National Park Service, we have a link below to NPS Travelers who provides a good summary of what has happened over the past several months.
Be sure to “like” her and/or say thank you…she has been a real champion for this cause!
As of yesterday, this Interior Bill (5538) passed in the House but since Congress is now in recess, the Senate will vote on the Bill in September.
And as we mentioned earlier, in all likelihood, the Senate will pass this Bill but it is highly unlikely that the President will sign the Bill due to a number of controversial issues in it.
It does send a very clear message to NPS and Interior that Congress is very unhappy about what they are doing out here on this issue in the San Francisco Bay Area.
July 13, 2016
YAY! Congresswoman Speier’s amendment to not fund the GGNRA’s Proposed Rule for Dog Management PASSED tonight as part of HR 5538. The fate of this amendment rests with the passage of this Bill.
The amendment passed entirely unopposed.
However, this bipartisan amendment sends a clear message to NPS and Interior to take our concerns and public comments seriously.
We will keep everyone posted as to how this amendment process plays out.
Please let Congresswoman Speier know how much you appreciate her efforts. Go to speier.house.gov and THANK her!
July 8, 2016
Congresswoman Jackie Speier submitted an amendment to H.R. 5538 (U. S. Interior Bill) which states that “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to facilitate, implement, administer or enforce” the GGNRA’s Proposed Rule, “published in the Federal Register on February 24, 2016″. We do not know when this Bill will be voted on and will keep this website updated.
Please thank her for her continued efforts in supporting us to retain dog walking recreation in the GGNRA! Go to speier.house.gov and THANK her!
June 3, 2016
The GGNRA released the following information today about the timeline associated with their Dog Management process. And again, we believe that NPS/GGNRA will need to issue a revised or another draft rule to address CFDG’s serious concerns that we have articulated in our letters to them regarding the serious flaws in their Proposed Rule.
Also, we want to share a Washington Post article about the “unethical behavior” reprimand regarding NPS Director Jarvis.
In the fall, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be released which will include responses to comments on the SEIS and describe the preferred alternative. We anticipate a Record of Decision and Final Rule (with responses to comments on the Proposed Rule) in the winter of 2016-2017. GGNRA will then begin public education and implementation of the rule.
Thank you to those who submitted comments on the Proposed Rule. We appreciate your participation in the process. You can expect periodic updates over the next several months. For more information on dog management planning, please visit our website.
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May 25, 2016
CFDG submitted our second and final letter to the GGNRA. We hope the NPS takes our letters seriously.
Based upon the very flawed NPS Proposed Rule for Dog Management, we recommend that NPS “reconcile” these serious flaws and release a “Revised Rule” with a minimum of a 90 day public comment period which reflects a peer reviewed science based Rule so we can continue to co-exist with the other users of the GGNRA.
May 23, 2016
Last chance to get your comments letters in…the deadline is this Wednesday, May 25th…8:59pm our time!
Below is the link to comment on-line the GGNRA’s Proposed Rule for Dog Management.Be sure to include the RIN-1024-AE16 number on your letter and envelope. The end of the public comment period is May 25th!
Be sure to include the RIN-1024-AE16 number on your letter and envelope.
May 20, 2016
CFDG just submitted our letter (from our attorneys K and L Gates), with input from Martha Walters and Gary Fergus, to the GGNRA regarding the Proposed Rule for Dog Management in the GGNRA. We will be submitting another letter next week too.
In mid March, the GGNRA announced a fast-tracked project to reconfigure the East Beach parking lot and resurface the promenade with composite shale and repair storm drainage at Crissy Field as part of the National Park Service’s Centennial event. We attended a “field event” at Crissy Field, and after reading and reviewing the proposal, we discovered that it would result in some unwanted changes (see below). While they denied our request to extend the two-week comment period, we submitted substantive arguments why the parking lot changes should be allowed ample time for broader public comment. Our board agreed with proposed plans to repair storm drainage on the path and resurface the promenade with composite shale.
GGNRA Proposed Parking Lot Changes:
– Reconfigure the parking lot so that it would move the promenade back 30 feet from the retaining wall;
- Pave the entire parking lot and move the parking slots to the east, making access in and out of vehicles more dangerous and dangerous for people walking on foot with picnic supplies, dogs, etc.;
- Eliminate the large area west of the bathrooms where the Commercial Dog Walkers park their vehicles and keep their dogs safe;
- Remove the staging area used by the board sailors, leaving them no safe place to put together their equipment.
CFDG Board member Gary Fergus and CFDG Chair Martha Walters met with GGNRA staff to discuss these concerns. CFDG also partnered with the SF Boardsailors to articulate our serious concerns about the proposal and the speed in which the GGNRA wanted to move this project without proper public comment and input.
Attached is the letter and map (Gary created!) that CFDG submitted and the SF Board sailors’ letter. Over 100 people submitted written comments articulating their concerns to the GGNRA about this issue. Also attached is the GGNRA’s reply memorandum that only allows for the resurfacing of the promenade and work they need to do on storm drainage issues at Crissy Field and no reconfiguration of the East Beach parking lot at this time.
As a result of our meeting and protest, the GGNRA agreed to go through a more detailed land use process to assess and develop an acceptable plan in the parking lot. This process will allow the public to participate in deciding what will happen in the East Beach parking lot, so stay tuned.
We wanted to let you know that the Mighty Mutt March today was a huge success…we estimated that around 1000-1500 folks marched, listened to speakers like SF Supervisor Scott Wiener and SF SPCA Co-President Jennifer Scarlett, enjoyed the yummy food from the two food trucks, danced to the fun live music and all of the doggies enjoyed it too! It was a peaceful and fun event.
Below are some media links that we have received so far and with more to come…
Save Our Recreation files a lawsuit against the GGNRA about FOIA issues: go to News Top Stories for more details.
CFDG Public Comment Writing Workshops:
CFDG will be hosting two public comment workshops about how to best write your comments regarding the GGNRA’s Proposed rule with Ash Miller, our attorney, and Gary Fergus CFDG Board member.
Here is the link for CFDG’s Flyer for these two workshops CFDG_flyer. Please pass these around far and wide!
The first workshop will be held on:
Monday April 11th at Calvary Presbyterian Church (corner of Jackson and Fillmore Streets) from 6:30 to 8:30pm
and the second workshop will be held on:
Tuesday April 12th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the San Francisco SPCA, 201 Alabama Street.
Wake up! The GGNRA wants to close many areas like Crissy Field, Baker Beach, Marin Headlands, Muir Beach, Sweeney Ridge and Rancho Corral de Terra to dog walking…Below is CFDG’s video on the proposed rule making and how you can write and submit comments. Get involved…Take action!
Go to our News/Top Stories page for a recap of the Proposed Rule at Crissy Field and other areas within the GGNRA that will be affected if the Rule gets finalized…thanks to Save off Leash for some of the content!
The GGNRA released the Proposed Rule for Dog Management today and it’s looking pretty grim for off leash spaces in the proposed rule. Here is the link to the rule…www.regulations.gov. You can read and comment on the Proposed Rule there.
As far as Crissy Field goes, only the central beach and part of the grassy airfield will be open for off leash. So, that means east and west beaches will be closed, the promenade, parking lots and another part of the grassy airfield.
And the GGNRA has agreed to extend the public comment period to 90 days, instead of 60 days.
We will post more information as we know it.
CFDG will host a “How to write an effective public comment” session in San Francisco, probably in late March. Ash Miller, CFDG’s attorney will lead this important session.
KPIX, CBS’ Channel 5 produced an excellent segment about how the GGNRA’s Dog Mgt Plan could have a very negative impact on SF City’s parks and other open space areas within GGNRA lands for dogs and their owners. SF Supervisor Scott Wiener is interviewed in this piece. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vGvvfe7DyM (aired on November 3, 2015)
SF Supervisor Scott Wiener wrote an excellent op/ed piece (November 2, 2015) in the SF Chronicle about the Dog Management Plan…
The Crissy Field Dog Group has created many videos about preserving off leash dog walking and recreation access at Crissy Field and other areas within GGNRA lands in Marin, SF, and San Mateo counties. You can go to You Tube and search “Crissy Field Dog Group” to view our catalogue of videos.
Check out CFDG’s video about the Proposed rule:
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