What is WoofieLeaks?
WoofieLeaks was created to give the public access to National Park Service (NPS) documents pertaining to the development of the highly controversial and restrictive dog management plan for Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). These documents were obtained through a lawsuit Morrison & Foerster filed on behalf of Save Our Recreation, SFDOG, Marin County DOG, and Coastside DOG of San Mateo County against the National Park Service for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The National Park Service is planning to finalize the GGNRA dog management plan on January 10, 2017. Despite the overwhelming opposition of the public and Bay Area elected officials that repeatedly called for significant change and balance during three public comment periods, the plan has changed very little from draft-to-draft during the past five years.
Many of the documents on this site raise serious questions and concerns about the National Park Service’s record keeping practices, collaboration with external groups, and ability to conduct a fair planning process. Documents call into doubt the agency’s compliance with numerous laws.
January 31, 2017: The National Park Service releases additional documents revealing more extensive use of personal email accounts by GGNRA staff who were working with external groups to advance the Park Service’s anti-dog walking agenda. Click to view the emails and learn more.
January 10, 2017: The National Park Service suspends the dog management plan for Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) pending an investigation into the use of personal email accounts for agency business in the GGNRA dog management planning process. In response to the Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Bay Area dog and recreation groups, the Park Service released 137 pages of emails from a former GGNRA senior official’s personal email account that showed extensive behind-the-scenes coordination with a handful of external groups that acted as surrogates to push the Park Service’s anti-dog walking agenda.
Click to read the National Park Service’s statement.
Click to view the emails.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier releases a statement calling on the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General to conduct a full and public inquiry and for the National Park Service to rescind the GGNRA Dog Management Plan because of this tainted process. Read the Congresswoman’s statement here.