Marin Equestrian Stables Plan
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Marin Equestrian Stables Plan (Oct. 2011). The Plan/EA proposes options for the future use of four Marin County stables located on GGNRA land in the Marin Headlands (Rodeo Valley), Tennessee Valley, and Muir Beach. The plan proposes actions to improve Best Management Practices and site planning, increase protection of natural resources, and preserve the cultural resources that abound at the stables.
***UPDATE*** GGNRA Marin Equestrian Stables Plan - September 2012
NPS received over 200 public comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA), and the Park's Preferred Alternative, Alternative B, Option B2. Comments included suggestions ranging from trail use to NPS Park Horse Patrol locations to site planning issues at each site. NPS has reviewed the comments and will be making a final decision on the alternative to implement.
The NPS Decision, documented in a "Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)", will be made this Fall (anticipated November 2012). The FONSI will include an errata and response to comments. The purpose of the errata is to make factual corrections to the Plan/EA, including additional information and clarifications. The errata will include more detail impact information about the stabilization and rehabilitation of the Balloon Hangar at the Rodeo Valley stables site.
As part of the decision making process, the NPS has been consulting with the California State Historic Preservation Officer for review of impacts to the historic sites that contribute to the National Historic Landmark status. NPS has completed all related regulatory compliance in consultation with US Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Coastal Commission, and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.
The deciding official for the Plan/EA is the Pacific West Regional Director. The NPS will notify the public when a Decision has been made, and will also conduct a public meeting (anticipated January 2013). NPS staff will begin implementing the Plan by preparing a Request for Proposals to the general public for the operation of stables in GGNRA's lands in Marin County. (Anticipated Spring of 2013).