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Update on dog walking policy at Rancho

An email was just sent out from the GGNRA to those that have joined their email list stating a change to the dog walking policy. Recently GGNRA had restricted on leash dog walking to certain areas of the park. It looks that they have just changed that (albeit temporarily) to designate all of Rancho as open to on-leash dog walking.

Here is the content of the email:


As you may know, when the National Park Service (NPS) acquired Rancho Corral de Tierra (Rancho) in 2011, NPS national regulations took effect, including the regulation for dog walking which requires that where dogs are permitted, they must be on leash. Through discussions with stakeholder groups and staff site visits, areas of Rancho that were determined to have potential resource sensitivity or visitor use conflicts were restricted for dog walking.

NPS is currently developing a Dog Management Plan for Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), which will address where and how dog walking can occur throughout GGNRA, including at Rancho. The current dog walking restrictions at Rancho were intended to be temporary until the Dog Management Plan is complete. We have recently heard from many neighbors and stakeholders that this restriction represents an unexpected and significant change in dog walking use, particularly compared to dog walking use prior to NPS management. We understand that you, the community surrounding Rancho, are concerned that you have not had the opportunity to provide input on dog walking regulations at Rancho.

Therefore, in view of these concerns, effective today, the Superintendent of GGNRA has designated all of Rancho as open to on-leash dog walking. Our maps on the website and signage in the field will be updated to reflect this change. This regulation will remain in effect until a new special regulation for dog walking in GGNRA, developed out of the Dog Management Plan (which has two more opportunities for public comment) is put into place.

We look forward to working with you and hope that you will participate in the dog management planning process to provide your input on the future of dog walking at Rancho. For more information, please visit our website.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

The GGNRA San Mateo Team



National Park Service lifts ban on area-specific on-leash dog walking at Rancho Coral de Tierra - Temporary victory for Dog Owners. Yahoo!

An off-leash area should be provided for those with big dogs that need to run, particularly for dogs well-controlled by voice. Those rules work very well in the many open spaces here in Marin County.

Thank you NPS / GGNRA. Now let's ask all dog owners, myself included, to please abide by the leash rules so we don't have another Hesterberg type of situation making us look bad. And if you do get caught, please be polite as all getout. Then we can work on the bigger picture- an area for off-leash fun!

Leashed? Yes, as long as you pick up your dog's feces and carry them out of the park. Unleashed? No way.

... and before HB jumps down my throat, please do not bag up your dog's feces and drop it beside the trail. All you're doing is adding bioundegradable bags to the park. Pick up your dog's feces and carry them back to your residence. What you do with them there is up to you.

A truly well-behaved dog under perfect voice control should be welcomed most anywhere. Unfortunately most dogs aren't in that league but for them unleashed can still work well in well-marked designated places, like the off-leash beach in Marin, for example.

I'd like a Coastside stand-alone trail allowing off-leash dogs, i.e. an out-and-back or a loop trail that doesn't connect to any others. Maybe a section of Quarry Park for example. I had a scary experience of being on a horse that was suddenly surrounded by a group of six or more unleashed dogs. We were on a trail with a sharp drop off, with nowhere to go, a rather dicey situation. If we knew there were off leash dogs we would have gone somewhere else.

Yes, JG it's annoying when people leave the bags along the trails and then pretend to forget them on the way back. It looks bad and they don't decompose.

There is no such thing as a totally under voice control dog. Period.

A police dog that attacked a child: -- Web Link

A police dog that killed a child: -- Web Link

A police dog that attacked the police: -- Web Link

Do what you will but don't use stupid logic when it comes to dogs. The thing about dog is that they are ANIMALS.

The first words out of the defendant's mouth in court TV dog biting cases is always "He's never bitten anyone before."

HB: what BMtHotB and precocious said...

OtOH, I personally just hate it when dog owners abdicate their ownership responsibility of the dog's waste and behavior... I feel the same about parents and their kids. So, HB, do you pick up your dog's/dogs' solid waste and properly dispose of it?

>>The thing about dogs is that they are ANIMALS.

People are more apt to kill people than dogs are.

However I don't like the dog fights that can happen when unleashed dogs run up to my leashed one. So please keep uncontrolled dogs away from us, thanks.


As I stated previously, the "voice control" ordinance for Marin Open Space works very well. Must me a fire road or better and the dog must be under voice control.

People the live north of San Francisco have enough good sense to leash their "never-bit-anyone-before" dog when approaching a leashed dog. Or a horse with a young rider. Or punks on mountain bikes riding where they shouldn't. Or that crazy old coot in unlaced boots waving a cane and shouting at a tree.

Honestly, you don't need to relinquish common sense to give your dog some off-leash time.

^^^ So, HB, do you pick up your dog's/dogs' solid waste and properly dispose of it? ^^^

Of course.

Glad to hear that. I wish all of me neighbors did too.

Obviously those residing north of San Francisco have superior inate common sense than exists in the rest of California. It is hard to believe, but if HoneyBadger says so it must be true that no one living in Marin County has ever been bitten by an off leash dog.

How much does a Dog Management Plan initially cost, moreover annual maintenace to continue and manage... a Dog Management Plan.

Super-size my government please. Thank you drive thru.

I have been close, one way or another to hundreds of dogbite incidents. In every case - every case - the dog owner assured that the biting dog was a good dog. In not one case - not one case - was the biting dog on a leash.

An older New Englander was heard saying at a Town Meeting, in Massachusetts, when the heated discussion was under way as to Duxbury enacting a Leash law ordinance @ 1968. Someone complained that they had been bitten by a neighbor's dog while standing in his own front yard; To which the old New Englander replied: "It's been my observation that anyone who sustains a dog bite....Deserves it!

^^^ but if HoneyBadger says so it must be true that no one living in Marin County has ever been bitten by an off leash dog. ^^^

This is fun. BB lies about what I say, I point out that it is a lie, then Clay deletes it.

Which simply gives me another opportunity to point out that BB lied about what I wrote, all while avoiding the issue at hand.

And another opportunity to state that the "off leash" policies of Marin County work quite well and are far more accommodating than the strict policies the intolerant want to impose.

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