Miti-Goat for Wildfire Preparedness
Castle Pines Welcomes Goats for Fire Mitigation
2018 is predicted to be hot, windy and dry in Douglas County - dangerous wildfire conditions for communities like Castle Pines, designated as a Wildland-Urban Interface by the Colorado State Forest Service.
That’s why five Castle Pines HOAs have committed to adapt their open spaces for community safety and wildland stewardship. They are hiring hundreds of goats to eat through oak groves to reduce the volatile fuels that threaten homes and natural areas.
The goal of using goats in fire mitigation is to decrease tall and sprawling vegetation to prevent fire from spreading quickly and from reaching trees where it is harder to put out.
The community is invited to attend Wildfire Mita-GOAT-ion Day to learn more about the use of goats in fire mitigation.
Wildfire Mita-GOAT-ion Day
Saturday, June 23
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
PineRidge Open Space (near the intersection of Castle Pines Pkwy. and PineRidge Tr.)
- See the goats in action
- Meet local firefighters, Douglas County Sheriff’s Officers, and state foresters
- Learn important fire mitigation and safety tips
- Enjoy goat-themed activities for kids
- Talk to biotech students from Rock Canyon High School who have been studying the effects of goats on the land
So, Why Goats?
- They’re natural fertilizers: They fertilize, till the soil and have special enzymes in their stomachs that destroy weed seeds so they are not passed in their poop.
- They love leaves: After goats eat all the leaves, plants spend their energy growing new leaves instead of strengthening their roots. Without leaves, plants are unable to photosynthesize. After several goat-munches, the plants weaken and die.
- They're environmentally friendly: Goats have been used as a least-toxic solution for weed management all around the country, including in Durango, CO, at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., and at airports in Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco.
2018 Participating Castle Pines HOAs
The Estates at Buffalo Ridge
Did You Know?
- For each $1.00 spent on disaster mitigation, society saves an average of $4.00.
- A FEMA-commissioned study found that mitigation is a smart financial investment for individuals, states and communities because it helps reduce disaster relief costs and tax losses.
In the News:
Castle Pines Neighborhood Gets Fire Mitigation via Goats - Channel 7, June 25, 2017
Goats Reduce Castle Pines Fire Risk, One Bite at a Time - Channel 7, May 31, 2017