For Immediate ReleaseMarch 27, 2018
Fire fuel reduction program taking place in hills above Terra Linda, Sleep Hollow
San Rafael, CA – A herd of 400 goats is heading into the hills of Terra Linda and Sleepy Hollow this week to reduce wildfire fuels, and Marin County Parks would like to let preserve users and neighbors know what to expect.
A herder is setting up a temporary camp and allowing goats to graze specific areas within the 1,172-acre Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Open Space Preserve through May. Priority areas include fire roads and preserve edges where grazing helps maintain defensible space near homes. Herding dogs will be off leash as needed, so the MCOSD is asking visitors to help by not allowing other dogs to chase or harass the goats or herding dogs.
MCOSD works with the Marin County Fire Department and other local fire and land management agencies to accomplish multi-benefit fuel reduction projects designed to increase the safety of residents living in wildland/urban interfaces. These projects also benefit the natural landscape, other local residents, and visitors by managing weeds, promoting native wildflowers, and maintaining clear access for daily use and emergency response.
In addition to fuel reduction goals, this grazing project helps prevent the spread of invasive barbed goatgrass, which can threaten rare serpentine plants and wildlife habitats. The Open Space District controls noxious weeds using integrated pest management, a decision-making framework that employs a variety of methods to control invasive plants including manually pulling, cutting, burning, tarping, controlled-burn fires, and grazing. A high level of community interest and input has helped the MCOSD incorporate new ideas into its vegetation management program to reduce the need for herbicides.
MCOSD and its partners encourage everyone to join the partnership by making their own homes and communities safer and more defensible from wildfire. More information is available at firesafemarin.org.
Questions about the grazing can be directed to vegetation and fire ecologist Sarah Minnick at 415-473-5058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah MinnickVegetation and Fire EcologistMarin County Parks
Marin Civic CenterSuite 260San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-5058Email: Sarah MinnickMarin County Parks website