To whom this may concern:
The emergency petition recently submitted regarding off-leash dog walking
in the GGNRA should be summarily rejected. The attorneys representing the GGNRA/NPS acknowledged to the Federal Court earlier
this year that no 'emergency' exists in the GGNRA with respect to off-leash dog walking.
The following proponents of
this emergency petition should be removed from the Negotiated Rulemaking (NR) Committee if NR is to be considered a legitimate
California Native Plant Society
Center for Biological Diversity
Golden Gate Audubon Society
League of Conservation Voters
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
The proponents of this emergency petition
in their public and private communications have misrepresented NR as a process whereby the GGNRA intends to definitively ban
off-leash dog walking in the GGNRA. Clearly, these groups are not prepared to enter NR willing to achieve consensus and select
appropriate areas for off-leash recreation in the GGNRA.