Environmental Planning • Habitat Restoration • Biological Resources • Vegetation Management • Regulatory Compliance • Goat Grazing
05 Mar 2019
Ecological Restoration Grasslands

UN Declares Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

Sage joins the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) in applauding the United Nation's declaration, issued on March 1, 2019. In its press release, SER stated, "The United Nations today recognized the critical role of ecosystem restoration as a tool for improving environmental conditions and enhancing human communities by designating 2021-2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This global recognition comes after growing calls and commitments by the international community to put ecological restoration at the forefront of national agendas. The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) applauds this important step toward focusing the world’s attention on the imperative of restoring degraded ecosystems."

Click here to read the full press release and learn more.

Depicted in the photo above is Sage's recent project utilizing our in-house herd of goats to remove invasive plants. This natural method of eradication is improving grasslands at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy in Southern California.

13 Feb 2019
Arnold Reservoir located in the middle of the rolling ranchland of Tres Hermanos Ranch, a 2,500-acre preserve owned by City of Industry, between Diamond Bar and Chino Hills on Monday, January 28, 2019. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Birds of Prey Controlling Invasive Rodents at Tres Hermanos’ Arnold Reservoir Dam

How the City of Industry is dealing with ground squirrels to avoid damage to the dam 

Sage Environmental Group is assisting at the Tres Hermanos Ranch to access damage that ground squirrels have caused to the dam at the Arnold Reservoir on the ranch. A natural, pesticide-free, method of eradication was proposed by Sage biologists. Attracting birds of prey to hunt and kill the invasive rodents, avoids use of poisons which could enter the food chain.

“We are trying to address it in a way that is biologically sensitive,” said Alissa Cope, environmental planner and owner of Sage Environmental Group.

Drawing in birds of prey presented a challenge in the reservoir area that is surrounded mostly by grasslands. Sage proposed construction of a series of 23' wooden perches that can be used by birds to rest and spot prey. In mid-December four perches were installed to attract birds that pass overhead in the flyway over Tres Hermanos.

Learn more about the eradication program in this recent article published in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. http://www.sgvtribune.com/how-the-city-of-industry-is-dealing-with-ground-squirrels-that-have-overwhelmed-tres-hermanos

 

 

 

Sage Environmental Group crew installing a raptor perch at the Tres Hermanos Ranch.
Sage Environmental Group crew installing a raptor perch at the Tres Hermanos Ranch.
15 Jan 2019
Goat Grazing for Wildland Management Presentation Jan 17 2019 Sage Environmental Group

Goat Grazing for Wildland Management – Presentation at SAROC WMA

Alissa Cope, Environmental Planner and Restoration Ecologist at Sage Environmental Group, will speak at the January 17, 2019 meeting of the Santa Ana River-Orange County Weed Management Area organization.

She will describe her experience deploying the Sage in-house herd of goats at client sites in Southern California. This natural method of weed control is gaining popularity and attention.

She will speak about the pros and cons of goat grazing, the critical need to target grazing for specific undesired plants to prevent site damage, and how grazing can enhance habitat and grassland restoration.

Visit Our Goat Grazing Website Page to Learn More

 

11 Oct 2018
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"!!

10 Sep 2018
California Nativie Plant Seed Farm

Volunteer: National Public Lands Day at Native Seed Farm

Restoration and Resilience

Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at its Native Seed Farm on September 22, 2018 from 8:00am to 1:00pm to celebrate National Public Lands Day.
  • Learn: what local conservation managers are doing to restore habitat for Orange County’s native plants and animals. 
  • Volunteer: roll up your sleeves and help pick some native seed that will be used on restoration projects for Irvine Ranch Conservancy
24 Aug 2018
Goats for Wildland Management at Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Goat Grazing For Wildland Management in Irvine

Sharing a wonderful blog article recently published by Irvine City Councilwoman Melissa Fox. "Say Hello to Irvine's Newest Fire Prevention Method - Goats!"

She describes the benefits of using goats to suppress non-native grasses and reduce the vegetation that provides fuel for wildfires. Thank you, Ms. Fox for informing her readers of the benefits of goat grazing and a "shout out" to our firm.

Sage Environmental Group's herd of goats is currently working in meadows on Irvine Ranch Conservancy open space lands. Learn more about this safe and cost-effective weed control method.