Next week you might start to see goats taking over Roseville's open space areas.
Tentatively scheduled for May 21, the City of Roseville will be kicking off their .
The goats' first stop will be in the open space area below along Dry Creek.
The goats will graze a 30-foot firebreak between the homes and the open space, thus reducing the fuel load and ladder fuels creating a defensible space. The animals eat primarily twice a day beginning early in the morning and during the day they will rest.
Goats consume 5 percent of their body weight each day, making them one of the most efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly tools available. On average, 100 goats will clear approximately 1 acre a day.
The goats will be contained in a portable solar charged electric fence. Residents in the area are encouraged to keep their dogs on leashes and to monitor children while viewing the animals. They are also asked not to feed the animals.
A private company, Ecosystems Concepts, has been contracted to perform the work. Ecosystems Concepts uses goats as its primary tool in its holistic land management plans.
Ecosystems Concepts will be on-site 24 hours daily to monitor and manage the project. Grazing time varies from area to area based on herd size, types of vegetation, thatch levels, and terrain.