San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the following statement in response to the announcement by the National Park Service that is has permanently ended the planning and rulemaking process to establish new regulations related to the Dog Management Plan at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area:
“I commend the National Park Service for scrapping the Dog Management Plan, which would have severely limited dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. This is also a victory for dog groups who have been fighting this battle for years. Finally, dogs and their owners can be reassured that they can walk in the park in the same way they have done for the past 30 years, without fear of bureaucratic overreach. However, I remain deeply concerned that this plan does not provide for any off-leash dog walking in San Mateo County, and urge the NPS to quickly designate appropriate off-leash areas.

“I am happy to see that the GGNRA will return to a balanced approach of offering recreational opportunities to all outdoor enthusiasts, both two-legged and four-legged ones.

“While I appreciate that the NPS acknowledged that the use of private emails was inappropriate, I find it hard to believe that the bias revealed by these emails did not influence the rulemaking process. However, since the Dog Management Plan has rightfully been abandoned, I will let that concern rest for now.

“I hope all GGNRA dog lovers celebrate this good news by taking their dogs for a long walk - I know I will!”