Deputy Fire Marshall Bower surrounded by goats and children

OCFA Open House Goat Grazing Exhibit

Sage Environmental Group participated in the annual Orange County Fire Authority Open House in October 2018. As a key component of Fire Prevention Month, the OCFA hosts a family friendly event at its main headquarters in Irvine. Activities feature live demonstrations, equipment displays, and vendor booths.

Our Goat Grazing for Wildland Management exhibit featured six baby goats and an information table. It was an exceptional opportunity to convey information to the public about how targeted goat grazing can be an effective fire fuel load and invasive plant management tool.

Hundreds of families stopped by the exhibit to learn how Sage manages the activities of its herd. Sage explained that targeted grazing is accomplished by setting and moving temporary fences; working closely with land managers to graze specific undesired weeds and fire fuel; making sure the site is not overgrazed; and assuring that native plants and riparian areas are not damaged.

Unlike most goat vendors, Sage is unique. We are an environmental planning, regulatory compliance and habitat restoration firm that owns our own herd.

The work that the goats do is managed from a scientific and regulatory approach. We target removal activities in compliance with regional and local conservation plans.

It is difficult to say who had the most fun. The children, the goats, or the "big kids"!!