Starting on Friday, April 24th, goats will be deployed in the City of Roseville.
The Roseville Fire Department and the Parks and Recreation Department are again partnering in what has become an annual vegetation management and fire mitigation project involving goat grazing.
Ecosystems Concepts has been contracted to execute the goat grazing program which works to promote fire safety and environmentally sensitive land management. Three herds of 400-500 goats will work throughout the City. The project will begin near Saugstad Park and move to the Open Space below Lincoln Estates Park along Dry Creek.
The goats will graze a firebreak between homes and open space, thus reducing the fuel load and creating a defensible space. Goats are used for this type of project because they consume 5% of their body weight each day making them one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly tools available. On average, 100 goats will clear approximately 1 acre a day.
The goats will be contained in a portable solar charged electric fence. Residents in the area are encouraged to keep their dogs on leashes and to monitor children while viewing the animals. They are also asked not to feed the animals. Ecosystems Concepts will be on-site 24 hours daily to monitor and manage the project. Grazing time varies from area to area based on herd size, types of vegetation, thatch levels, and terrain.
Please watch for posted signs and/or informational flyers distributed to the homes adjacent to the effected open space areas. Any questions concerning open space management can be directed to Roseville's Open Space Manager, Brain Castelluccio at 916-746-1755. Questions related to fire mitigation can be directed to Senior Fire Inspector, Rob Arnett at 916-774-5827.