Quantcast

Greenscaping goats graze grass with gusto

Goats grazing on Twin Peaks. | Photo: Friends of the Urban Forest/Twitter
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on July 17, 2018.

A flock of goats recently helped reduce the risk of fire on Twin Peaks.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesperson Suzanne Gautier said the four-legged helpers are a reliable strategy for fire suppression. 

"We have been using goats in San Francisco for several years," she told Hoodline via email. "They are brought on site at several in-city reservoir properties to help cut the grass."

This year, goats will be grazing near reservoirs located at Stanford Heights, College Hill, Mt. Sutro, Summit, University Mound and the auxiliary water supply reservoir on Twin Peaks.

A goat at Fort Mason last year. | Photo: GoldenGateNPS/Twitter

Rapacious eaters, goats have helped city agencies get rid of Christmas treespromoted fire safety on Mt. Sutroassisted Public Works with clearing weeds in Twin Peaks for the annual Pink Triangle event and have helped uncover Fort Mason's historic paths to Aquatic Park.

Gautier said some of the reservoir sites are quite steep and the goats do a great job in hard-to-reach hillside spots. "Their teeth make it possible to trim the grass and weeds down to about four inches," she said.

Goats at work in 2015. | Photo: City Grazing/Facebook

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has an annual budget around $4,000 for the goats and contracts the work to California Grazing, a self-described "holistic land management" company.

According to its website, California Grazing provides brush and weed control by employing 800 goats who help restore native grasses and address fire prevention through fuel load reduction.

About 17 hours ago
San Francisco Civic Center

SF Public Library Main Branch to Reopen May 3

The SFPL reopening will only involve the first floor and a “browse and bounce” program, but the access to computers will also be part of the limited library operations. Read More

About 21 hours ago
San Francisco Embarcadero

Anthony Strong's SuperStella Van, Red Bay Coffee and more new businesses arrive at the Ferry Building

A spate of high-profile closures at San Francisco's once-thriving Ferry Building is being followed by some more positive news, as four new businesses announce openings at the iconic shopping and dining complex. Read More

About 24 hours ago
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Community provides feedback & criticism at Harvey Milk Plaza redesign town hall

Last week, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP) held two virtual town halls seeking community feedback about its plans to redesign Harvey Milk Plaza, and the new design team offered multiple new conceptual approaches. Read More

Apr 19, 2021
San Francisco

H Mart opens ‘one-stop-shop for everything Asian’ at Ocean View Shopping Center this week

Beloved Korean grocery store H Mart has set an opening date for its first San Francisco location on April 21 — taking over a 42,000-square-foot space at 3995 Alemany Boulevard. Read More