Legal Update — Pro Bono Announcement

Just wanted to share some great news on the legal front and to ask for your help.

As many of you know, a coalition of groups, including Save Our Recreation, filed a federal lawsuit on April 6 against the National Park Service for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for critical information about the development of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area dog management plan. If implemented, the plan would severely restrict a recreational activity many of us love–walking with our dogs.

Both parties have been convening with a Magistrate Judge in a series of meetings to determine a process and timeline for the Park Service to provide complete and substantive data by the end of the year. Our intention is to proceed with the lawsuit in the case of any delay.

This legal fight belongs to all of us who walk with our furry family members in the GGNRA. It is a true David and Goliath effort with a formidable opponent—the federal government.

We are happy to share that our law firm, Morrison Foerster, has generously offered to help level the playing field. After our phase one legal effort, Morrison Foerster will be providing their legal services pro bono. This includes pro bono for a larger legal challenge against the dog rule should it come to that. This is absolutely amazing. We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to Morrison Foerster and our dedicated attorneys for supporting our cause.

This is where we need your help. Between now and August 31st, we need to raise $28,000 to meet our fundraising goal for committed phase one legal costs. If we all band together, this should be easy.

We encourage everyone to donate what they can and to share the online fundraising campaign with friends.  

Together we are mighty.  Let’s do this!

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