Fire Fuel Reduction

Animal grazing to reduce wildfire risk and control invasive weeds.


As a leader in ecologically sound vegetation management, Marin County Parks is researching the effectiveness of animal grazing on fire fuel reduction and control of invasive and hazardous plants, including poison oak.

In Terra Linda, residential neighborhoods, schools, and ranch land are adjacent to open space. Community partners worked with the regional fire agency and Marin County Parks to create a plan to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading into settled areas.

Over several weeks, hundreds of goats and sheep were herded through 20 acres of ridgeland and 8 miles of linear open space, effectively mowing a significant amount of brush.