Goat Grazing Initiative

The City of Laguna Niguel is happy to announce that it will once again be using its Goat Grazing Initiative at select open space areas and parks as a proactive method of fire prevention. This is an effective, efficient and eco-friendly method of Fire Fuel Weed Control. 

Goats grazing La Hermosa Park

WHEN: Spring - Summer 2022

WHERE: Reef Node Park, La Vida, Kite Hill, and La Hermosa Park

MAP: To view a map of the grazing locations, CLICK HERE

BEST VIEWING LOCATIONS: La Hermosa Park and Reef Node Park 

CURRENT LOCATION: The goats have completed their work at La Hermosa Park! 

Viewing the Goats

Residents are invited to view the goats while they are grazing. However, please keep in mind that while grazing, solar-powered electric mesh will be strategically placed to ensure the goats focus on weeds in a targeted area while desired plants are left intact. We ask you to please obey the posted warnings – DO NOT TOUCH THE FENCE.  Additionally, all trails near the grazing areas will remain open.  

Benefits to Goat Grazing

Managing fire fuel weeds is an important part of reducing fire threat and fire intensity. In addition, it is extremely critical in the defensible space surrounding homes and buildings. 

Below is a list of some of the benefits to goat grazing: 

  • Natural weed control method that does not harm the environment.
  • Targets and consumes unwanted vegetation, leaving behind cleared terrain. 
  • Helps the ecosystem to recover by removing invasive and non-native plants.
  • Goats graze large acreage and steep areas where mechanical control is not feasible.

Goats grazing while dog watches

The Grazing Process

The herd handlers will be on duty to manage the goats and guard dogs. The handlers will use seasonal timings for deploying the herd in order to target seed head and biomass. The grazing is continuously monitored, and when the goats accomplish set goals, they will be removed to prevent overgrazing. 

We ask you to please obey the posted warnings – DO NOT TOUCH THE FENCE. While grazing, solar-powered electric mesh will be strategically placed to ensure the goats focus on weeds in a targeted area while desired plants are left intact. The handlers will assure that all goats are secure inside a pen at night and are released to work in the morning. 

Stay Up to Date 

We encourage you to follow the City’s Facebook Page to receive the latest news regarding the goat grazing program and to view fun pictures of the goats!  

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