The Golden Gate National Recreation has a game plan for the next 20 years.

The Golden Gate National Recreation has a game plan for the next 20 years. The National Park Service has announced a General Management Plan — which took almost 10 years to assemble — has been approved by the agency’s regional director. The amount of GGNRA land in Marin is significant: of its approximately 80,000 acres, roughly 55 percent are in the county and represented by Muir Woods and areas such as the Bolinas Ridge, Fort Baker, Fort Cronkhite, Gerbode Valley, Kirby Cove, Marin Headlands, Muir Beach, Muir Beach Overlook, Nike Missile site, Olema Valley, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Stinson Beach and Tennessee Valley. Highlights of the plan in Marin include: • Stinson Beach: Renovate visitor facilities to adapt to rising sea levels; continue discussions with the community about parking and transit. • Muir Woods: Reorganize parking and pedestrian paths; formalize continued operation of the shuttle; reduce congestion and parking along Muir Woods Road; explore the potential for thematic trails to interpret the conservation history as well as the primeval forest. • Marin Headlands: Develop a visitor facility combining information and food service at Rodeo Beach; continue to restore the fortifications; continue to support park partners operations at Rodeo Beach. • Capehart area: Remove the cluster of houses on the north side of Bunker Road to restore and improve the park-like qualities of the Headlands. Remove additional structures to construct a centralized maintenance facility. • Slide Ranch: Enhance the environmental and farm education center. Numerous comments against removing the operation were received. The plan replaces the 1980 general management plan that effectively guided the park for more than three decades. “We know more about the park now than we did back then, especially when it comes to things like endangered species,” said Frank Dean superintendent of the GGNRA. “It was helpful to do this update and look to the future. But there are no major changes of course.” Several other areas of GGNRA lands in Marin are addressed by the plan as well. At Kirby Cove along the shores of the Marin Headlands cabins could be built for visitors. At the top of the headlands, on Hawk Hill, more benches, along with restrooms and interpretive signs could be added. Nearby Rodeo Lagoon and Rodeo Lake would be managed to preserve and restore coastal habitat for threatened and endangered species. In the Tennessee Valley, trailhead site improvements, including potable water, restrooms and an improved picnic and parking area are noted. Under the plan the Golden Gate Dairy in Muir Beach would have historic structures preserved along with the pastoral landscape, coastal prairie and scrub habitat. All the physical changes outlined in the plan would cost the National Park Service about $150 million, which has not been budgeted. It would take another $32 million a year along with another 46 employees to operate the new facilities. The plan does not address specific management issues, such as dog management or equestrian operations. “Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the most heavily visited sites in the National Park System — for good reason,” said Christine Lehnertz, park service regional director, in a statement. “What people have loved about the park will be enhanced even more through the vision in the park’s (new plan.)” David N. Swaim Tam Realty Inc Owner DRE#1070789 415-710-5504 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 www.tamrealty.com Serving all of Marin County

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