Beni­cia use goats for veg­e­ta­tion

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - Times-Her­ald staff re­port

Who let the goats out? At the di­rec­tion of the Beni­cia Fire Depart­ment, the own­ers of Goats R Us will move herds of goats through the city for veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment, City Hall an­nounced Mon­day.

“We are ex­cited to wel­come the goats back to the city of Beni­cia. They are a great as­set to our com­mu­nity,” said Beni­cia Fire Chief Josh Chad­wick in a state­ment re­leased by the city. “The goats pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, sus­tain­able veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment and wild­fire preven­tion. Goat graz­ing is a cost-ef­fec­tive and eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive method for con­trol­ling weeds on Beni­cia’s tech­ni­cal, hilly ter­rain. Their graz­ing cleans up the phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance of the land­scape and greatly re­duces fire haz­ard around homes that are close to open space.”

It is ex­pected that the goat herder will con­duct all op­er­a­tions in a re­spon­si­ble, pro­fes­sional and en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious man­ner. The herder is ac­count­able for con­tain­ment of live­stock on the premise at all times. Goats R Us has several breeds of goats se­lec­tively bred for graz­ing. The goats will be used as long as needed.

Beni­cia’s goal is to re­duce com­bustible veg­e­ta­tion along prop­erty lines bor­der­ing open space, of­fi­cials said.

Fire depart­ment staff re­view open space ar­eas that are most suit­able for the herds due to fire risk and chal­leng­ing to­pog­ra­phy. How­ever, the fire depart­ment does not have the abil­ity to move the herds to spe­cific lo­ca­tions.

Ques­tions may be di­rected to Chad­wick at jchad­wick@ ci.beni­cia.ca.us or (707) 7464275.

TIMES-HER­ALD FILE PHOTO

Goats graze in the city of Beni­cia in this un­dated photo re­leased by the city. Goats are used for veg­e­ta­tion man­a­gen­ment, to pre­vent fires.

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