Dog Management Draft Plan/DEIS
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is conducting a planning process to decide how best to manage dog walking in the park. The Draft Dog Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Plan/EIS) was open for public comment from January 14 to May 30, 2011; 4,713 pieces of correspondence were received. All correspondence received has been posted on the park's web site (http://www.nps.gov/goga/deis.htm). A public comment summary report was completed in August 2011 and is available on the park's web site at: http://www.nps.gov/goga/parkmgmt/dog-management.htm
Current Project Phase as of February 1, 2012
Given the substance of many of the comments received on the Draft Dog Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), additional data and studies, and potential changes to the alternatives and impacts analysis resulting from that information, a supplemental DEIS is being developed and will be released late this summer for public comment. 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 2013
About the Supplemental DEIS
This revised document will supplement those sections of the DEIS where there have been substantial changes in the proposed action or significant new information relevant to environmental concerns. Some of the changes we are considering include:
- Developing site specific alternatives for Rancho Corral de Tierra
- Evaluating the impacts to adjacent federal, city and county parklands that could result from reducing areas open to dog walking in GGNRA. This evaluation will use input from a visitor survey of those on the dog management project list to help evaluate the re-distribution potential for dog walkers and non-dog walkers following implementation of the GGNRA dog management plan.
- Revising the compliance-based management strategy by including natural and cultural resource monitoring, removing automatic triggers and restrictions, and incorporating additional education and enforcement.
- Providing additional visitor use information and law enforcement statistics for the impacts analysis
- Incorporating additional studies into the impacts analysis
- Further evaluating compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Re-evaluating fencing as a method to minimize dog walking impacts.
The added step of issuing a Supplemental DEIS will add approximately a year to the project schedule.
Project Schedule as of February 2012
- February 2013: Release the Supplemental DEIS for public comment
- Summer 2013: Incorporate public comment on the Supplemental DEIS into the Proposed Rule
- Early 2014: Release the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for public comment
- Summer/Fall 2014: Incorporate public comment on the Proposed Rule into the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)and Final Rule
- Early 2015: Release the FEIS
- Spring 2015: Issue the Final Rule. Implementation begins 30 days after the rule is published
The purpose of the Draft Plan/EIS is to:
• provide a clear, enforceable policy to determine the manner and extent of dog walking in appropriate areas of the park;
• promote the preservation and protection of natural and cultural resources and natural processes;
• provide a variety of visitor experiences, improve visitor and employee safety, and reduce user conflicts; and
• maintain park resources and values for future generations.
For more information or to be added to the project email list, please call the Dog Management Project Information Line: 415-561-4728.