Environmentally sensitive way to reduce fire fuel load

Roseville, Calif.- The City of Roseville is conducting a vegetation control project in the open space and preserves. They have one herd behind Mahany Park in the Woodcreek West and Silverado Oaks Preserve and a second herd grazing in the Highland Reserve North Preserve.

Goats provide an innovative, environmentally sensitive way to reduce fire fuel load by keeping open space vegetation under control.

During the project a low voltage electric fence will surround the goats and companion dogs will also be used.  The animals will be accompanied by a caretaker who will be on site 24 hours a day.

The City of Roseville has a successful track record using goat grazing as a method of vegetation management.  In previous years, grazing in open space areas successfully reduced combustible grasses and thinned out dense vegetation, increasing safety in our community.

For more information, please contact the Open Space Division at (916) 774-5748.

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