The Guardian

‘Goats are the best tool’: grazers in high demand to reduce US wildfire risk

In the face of climate change and deadly fires, states from California to Colorado are turning hungry animals loose on the countryside
Goat farmer Bob Blanchard tends to his flock above Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, California. Photograph: Phil Klein

As the western US braces for another wildfire season, following its most devastating on record, public officials and private landowners are turning to an unlikely, rustic tool to manage increasingly incendiary lands.


They’re currently munching away at summer-dried, fire-ready grasses in Oregon, , Colorado, Idaho, Montana, , Nevada and across California. In some places that outlaw livestock within city limits, officials have even in order to unpave the way for goat grazers.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian3 min read
What Happens When A Festival Gets Cancelled?
Several events have had to be pulled this summer, causing disappointment all round. But disgruntled punters wanting their money back are far from the only problem for organisers
The Guardian4 min readPolitics
'I Don't Have Much Hope': Koreans Search For Loved Ones Who Died Fighting For Japan
As Tokyo marks the end of war in Pacific, conscripts’ families search for information on where their forebears fell
The Guardian3 min read
How Often Do Americans Change Their Underwear? The Statistics Stink | Arwa Mahdawi
The latest findings may appear disgusting at first glance (or sniff). But it’s ‘advertistics’ such as this that are the real problem