Dog Owner Responsibilities

03, Nov Rich Dilks

Tall Pines State Preserve is a great place for owners to take their dogs and dogs are welcome at the Preserve. There are a couple of simple but very important rules that help ensure that everyone who visits Tall Pines has a safe and enjoyable experience.

  1. Dogs must be leashed at all times and leashes should be no longer than 6 ft. This is a commonsense rule to prevent potentially negative interactions of unleashed dogs with other dogs, people or Preserve wildlife. This is particularly important for the protection of ground nesting birds.

  2. Dog owners are responsible to bag their dog’s waste and remove it from the Preserve. Tall Pines is a carry-in carry-out facility. This means that every visitor is expected to leave nothing behind when he or she leaves. Bagged dog waste is not to be left on the trails or in the parking lot for others to clean up. In the near future, the state will install two dog stations at Tall Pines to dispense plastic bags for the use of dog owners.

Following these rules is simply a matter of being courteous and mindful of others who enjoy Tall Pines. These are also state park regulations and violators can be TICKETED and FINED. Let’s keep Tall Pines a place everyone- visitors, pets and wildlife- can enjoy responsibly.

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