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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Weed Abatement Program: Goat Grazing

Goats grazing weeds. Hillside filled with invasive mustard weed.

The City of Laguna Niguel is happy to announce that it will be utilizing goat grazing as part of its Weed Abatement Program in select areas as a proactive method of fire prevention.

This will be an effective, efficient and eco-friendly method of Fire Fuel Weed Control.

WHEN: March – June 2020

The goats have been moved to the north end of La Hermosa Park (24462 La Hermosa Ave). This webpage will be updated with real-time goat grazing locations once they are relocated. 

Here 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.

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.

The herd handlers will be on duty to manage the goats and their guard dogs. The handlers will use seasonal timings for deploying the herd in order to target seed head and biomass. The grazing progress will be continuously monitored, and when 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.

Residents are invited to view the goats as they are grazing.

All trails near the grazing areas will remain open.

Click here for FAQ.

Click here to view a map of where the goats will be grazing. 

If you have any questions, please contact Parks and Landscape Maintenance Superintendent Jerry Sollom by phone at (949) 362-4349 or by email at jsollom@cityoflagunaniguel.org

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