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☷ City of Reno Nevada - Reno Fire Department  and partners utilize goats for wildfire prevention 16 June 2022

☷ City of Reno Nevada - Reno Fire Department and partners utilize goats for wildfire prevention 16 June 2022

City of Reno , state Nevada
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   The Reno Fire Department ( RFD ) , NV Energy , and the Nevada Division of Forestry have partnered for the second consecutive year to reduce the risk of wildfire in Reno in the lower Rosewood Canyon through targeted goat grazing .
   Goats from High Desert Graziers in Smith Valley , Nevada will be grazing on approximately 30 acres of City owned property between Cashill Blvd , Patidar Drive , Solari Drive , and Olympic Circle .
   Targeted grazing mitigates wildfire risk by removing flammable vegetation , thus reducing the amount of fuels available to burn during a wildfire , and accomplishes the objective in a sustainable manner . This type of treatment also reduces ignition risk as compared to the use of heavy equipment to complete vegetation management during fire season .
   Goats graze on native grasses and shrubs including sagebrush , bitterbrush ( the goat’s favorite ) and manzanita , as well as non - native grasses and weeds such as cheatgrass . Cheatgrass , a non - native grass introduced from Asia , is easily ignited and can carry fire into rangelands and forests , contributing to rapid spread of wildfires .  
   Members of the public are welcome to visit the area and monitor the progress of the grazing operation . City officials would like to remind the public that there will be electric fencing in the area to contain the animals , so do not go near the fencing .
   Those residents living along Solari Drive , Olympic Circle , and Patida Drive , and people recreating near the grazing goats , are asked to:
   
   keep dogs on a leash or at home to avoid potential conflicts
   
   please maintain a distance from the goats
   
   do not produce loud noises .
   There will be guard dogs accompanying the goats for protection from predators .
   “This is a continuation of fuel mitigation cleanup of the Rosewood Canyons , ” Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer said . “By the end of the year we plan on applying pre - emergent along the south facing slopes and use this as a template to reduce hazardous fuel loads in other parts of the city . ”
   The goats used in this project are Spanish Goats and are between the ages of one and three years old . This type of Spanish goat , from the Kensing lineage , are bred to consume all types of vegetation in open and varied terrain . As such , this type of grazing has no known negative impacts on the goats .
   “Targeted grazing is an ecologically beneficial treatment on the landscape to reduce the impacts of wildfires and prevent the loss of homes and other critical infrastructure , ” said Anna Higgins , a Forester with Nevada Division of Forestry .
   “This is just one of the many wildfire mitigation efforts that NV Energy is using across its service territory to prevent wildfires , and is part of NV Energy’s overall Natural Disaster Protection Plan , ” said Mark Regan , NV Energy Fire Chief . “These goats will clear the vegetation under and around our power lines in rugged terrain that would be challenging for crews to navigate , and eliminates the need for crews to use machinery to clear brush during wildfire season . ”
   This project is made possible by funding assistance from Senate Bill 508 , a bill that makes allocations to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for wildfire prevention , restoration and long - term planning . The Rosewood Canyon Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Plan is also funded by the 2019 State Fire Assistance Wildland Urban Interface Grant .  
   For more information , contact RFD’s Division of Fire Prevention at 775 - 334 - 2300 .
   
   

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