Saturday, June 22, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
PineRidge Open Space (near the intersection of Castle Pines Parkway and PineRidge Trail)
- See the goats in action
- Meet local firefighters
- Learn important fire mitigation and safety tips
- Enjoy goat-themed activities for kids
- Talk to biotech students from Rock Canyon High School who have won numerous awards for their multi-year study of the effects of goats on the ecosystem
The City of Castle Pines is designated as a Wildland-Urban Interface by the Colorado State Forest Service, meaning that the homes and businesses in Castle Pines are located near natural areas, making them more susceptible to fire.
This year, two Castle Pines neighborhoods - PineRidge and Buffalo Ridge - have committed to adapt their open spaces for community safety and wildland stewardship. They are hiring 300 goats to eat through oak groves to reduce the volatile fuels that threaten homes and the natural areas that surround them.
The goal of using goats in fire mitigation is to decrease tall and sprawling vegetation to prevent fire from spreading quickly and from reaching tall trees where it is harder to put out.
Learn more at https://www.castlepinesgov.com/goats.