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Environmental Organizations

Friends and Foes

Many dog owners are members of the California Native Plant Society, Audubon Society, Sierra Club and other "anti-dog" environmentalist groups. The leadership of these groups need to hear from you. Let them know that you support off-leash recreation and responsible dog ownership, but that you do not support unscientific beliefs that hold dog owners to a higher standard than other park visitors. Tell them to devote their energy to real threats, e.g. urban sprawl, pollution,etc., not to the well-behaved park visitor taking a walk with her/his well-behaved dog.


SF Tree Council
Grassroots organization working to prevent the destruction of SF trees. Dog owners and their dogs greatly appreciate trees!

http://www.sftreecouncil.org/

California Native Plant Society, Yerba Buena Chapter
Members too often create fragile native plants gardens in urban parks.Unfortunately, these simulated habitats remove valuable recreational spaces in high-density urban areas, forcing city dwellers to travel to outlying areas for recreation.

http://www.cnps-yerbabuena.org/

Audubon Society, Golden Gate Chapter
Leadership has been outspoken against dogs in parks. All parks...even a site that consisting of a parking lot and landfill, that is routinely vandalized, i.e. broken glass, fires, etc. (Candlestick Point).

http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/

Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Area
Although the Sierra Club recognizes that walking with a dog is a legitimate recreational activity (they sponsor "canine hikes") , the conservation committee is very often very anti-dog.

http://sanfranciscobay.sierraclub.org/sfgroup/

Hiking with your dogs, http://www.sierraclub.org/e-files/dog_hiking.asp