Town launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to curb fires
NEVADA CITY, California — The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush.
Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada began the online crowdsourcing campaign last month with the goal of raising $30,000 for the project.
The campaign’s website explains that because it takes time to secure grant funding, the town needs money now to hire goat ranchers, who are only available this winter. The ranchers have rented out their herds to other municipalities in California the rest of the year and were expanding their herds to meet demand, city officials said.
“Why not do something — and as soon as we can?” Vice Mayor Reinette Senum told the Los Angeles Times. “If we’re not proactive, if we don’t help ourselves, no one else is going to step up.”
The foothill community is about 75 kilometres southeast of Paradise, which was decimated by a wildfire in November that killed 86 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes.
City officials said booking a herd costs between $500 to $1,500 US an acre. About 200 goats can munch on an acre of overgrown brush daily.
A goat chews on lowhanging foliage.