Pet Waste Stations: Troop 267 keeps it clean at Donner Memorial State Park | SierraSun.com

Pet Waste Stations: Troop 267 keeps it clean at Donner Memorial State Park

J. Ikaika Cofer of Boy Scout Troop 276 developed much needed Pet Waste Stations at Donner Memorial State Park. First row from left: Ranger Don Schmidt, Gustavo Diaz, Stevan Diaz and Josh Arney. Second row from left: Travis Ferre, Ben Ketron, Matt Hagan, Joe Ketron and J. Ikaika Cofer. Third row: Kit Ferre, Brian Goga, Rob Cofer, John Minnis and Timothy Minnis.

Eagle Scout candidate J. Ikaika Cofer led the Scouts of Troop 267 on an Eagle Scout project at Donner Memorial State Park in early November.

One of the delicate issues park staff constantly deals with is pet waste. Ranger Don Schmidt decided it was time to do something about this waste. And an Eagle Scout project was the perfect match.

The Troop spent more than 100 person-hours fabricating six Pet Waste Stations and installing five of them in various park locations. They can be found at the entrance to East Beach (also known as Dog Beach), South Shore Drive, two locations along Coldstream and one at the park’s entrance station.

The Pet Waste Stations hold plastic bags for pet owners to use while they enjoy the park. Ranger Schmidt asks the public to bring surplus plastic grocery bags to restock the Stations.

Before the Stations were stocked, Ranger Schmidt observed pet owners reaching for bags. Looks like the public knows a good idea when they see one.

Wood, hardware and supplies for these Pet Waste Stations were donated by the Mountain Hardware and Sports, Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company and the Cofer family. Food served to the hungry groups was donated by Domino’s Pizza and the Cofers.

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For more information about BSA Troop 267, contact Rob Cofer at 582-1529 or visit http://www.truckee-scouting.org.

Scouts: Quad Andrews, Stevan Diaz, Travis Ferre, JB Glendinning, Brian Goga, Matt Hagan, Cooper Hitchcock, Ben Ketron, Joe Ketron, Stein Retzlaff and Stephen Zissimos.

Assistant Scoutmasters: John Andrews and Kit Ferre.

Additional Adults: Josh Arney, Rob and Vicky Cofer, Evan Englesby, Gustavo Diaz, John Minnis and Timothy Minnis.