Goats graze to prevent fires in Roseville

Annual vegetation management project scheduled to being May 21
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Goats will soon begin grazing around the city of Roseville to manage vegetation and prevent fires.

The annual project will cost an estimated $200,000 and is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, May 21. The project is a partnership between the city's fire department and parks and recreation department, according to a news release.

Ecosystems Concepts will perform the work, which begins within the open space below Lincoln Estates Park along Dry Creek. Grazing will then be expanded to other preserve areas.

Ecosystems Concepts uses goats as its primary tool for holistic land management. Goats will graze a 30-foot firebreak between the homes and open space. The animals eat twice a day beginning early in the morning. They rest during the day and start up again in the evening.

Goats consume 5 percent of their body weight each day, making them one of the most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly tools available, according to the city. On average, 100 goats will clear about 1 acre a day.

The goats will be contained in a portable solar charged electric fence. Roseville residents are encouraged to keep their dogs on leashes and monitor their children while viewing the animals. They are asked not to feed the animals. Ecosystems Concepts will be onsite 24 hours a day to manage the project.

For more information, call the city's Open Space Manager Brian Castelluccio at (916) 746-1755. For fire-related questions, call Senior Fire Inspector Rob Arnett at (916) 774-5824.

~ Staff report