GGNRA plans to ban all dogs from Rancho Corral de Tierra;  Protest meeting Saturday


By on Wed, January 19, 2011

Bill Bechtell

On January 14, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) released its draft “Dog Management Plan/EIS.”, [home page]  Much to the dismay of local residents who have been walking their dogs for years in the open space between Montara and El Granada, the plan’s preferred alternative, Alternative D, calls for “No dog walking allowed unless opened by GGNRA Compendium.”

The huge report, 2400 pages and 14.7 lbs, is available on line at About 99.9% of the report, however, has nothing to do with Rancho, which was not a part of GGNRA at the time the report was being prepared (and the transfer of Rancho from POST to GGNRA has still not been completed). Most of the report deals with conditions in Marin County, San Francisco County, and northern San Mateo County (Pacifica).

In the report, Rancho falls under the generic category of “new lands” and the dog walking regulations to be promulgated by the report will apply to Rancho, even though the area has not been studied, and local residents have had no opportunity for input until now.

The public has 90 days to review and comment on the report.  Montara Dog Group,

is holding a public meeting on Saturday, January 22, to further explain details of the report, provide information on how to comment, and to answer questions.  The meeting will be at 10 am at the LeConte St. entrance to the open space, behind Farallone View school.  Dogs are welcome!

In addition, GGNRA will be holding an open house on Wednesday, March 9, at Cabrillo School, 601 Crespi Drive, Pacifica, from 4pm until 8 pm.