brush-clearing goats along tunnel road

seeing a hillside crowded with goats was an unexpected part of yesterday’s bike ride.  I didn’t realize until it was pointed out to me later that they were being used to remove grass and weeds for fire control purposes.

goats chomping down

you can see a clear line between chomped and unchomped areas.  wow!

apparently there can be problems with the goats being too effective – they can cause soil erosion and can decimate the population of native plants if the goats are uncontrolled.

Other interesting things I found while searching the interwebs:

these people rent out goats for clearing brush: http://www.goatsrus.com/

the ups and downs of using goats to control fires: http://www.emagazine.com/view/?4663

after this, we continued up tunnel road and made a quick descent down claremont ave:

looking down claremont ave
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