Sonoma County Regional Parks is proposing to remove the backcountry trash cans at Foothill Regional Park (Park) to:
- Improve visitor experience by decreasing the number of staff vehicles driving on trails.
- Reduce the Department's carbon footprint by reducing driving and plastic trash bag use.
- Keep wildlife safe and healthy by limiting trash disposal to existing secure cans at trailheads.
The park is a 211-acre park at the northeast edge of Windsor. See Map: Attachment A. There are currently seven trash cans in the Park. Three wildlife-friendly, secure trash cans are located at the Arata Lane Trailhead and parking, accessible parking, and at the walk-in entrance on Vinecrest Circle. The other four cans are distributed in the park backcountry and are the traditional round steel can with lid. Park conditions can be improved by reducing maintenance vehicles on hiking trails, reducing erosion on those trails, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting park wildlife by keeping them away from trash.
In order to assist park visitors to get used to taking their trash back to the park entrance on their way out, Parks staff posted a sign (Attachment B) at each backcountry trashcan location and on the park website explaining the project and alerting trail users to the change. When the trashcans are removed the sign will be replaced on the same signpost with a notice of where the trash cans have gone. Signs will be up for 30 days ahead of trash can removal and 30 days after trash can removal.