Goats are a great way to check invasive weeds and mitigate wildfire fuel in the Urban Wildland Interface. The average goat sequesters 1.75 kgs of vegetation per day through eating, it's kinetic effect on the ground and through the bush. BC Timber Goat's herd of 150 Kiko x goats have been removing, on average, 262.5 kgs of vegetation per day from the ladder fuel zone. This type of herding also degrades dry fuels on the forest floor, eliminates deer tick habitat and predator cover from the UWI, and (cough..cough). We've been doing it since May 2nd, 2019 in the North Okanagan Region.
Developing a commerecial goat browsing operation in your community is a cost effective Disaster Risk Reduction method that integrates environmental protection and sustainable development conepts into Regional Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
Promoting goat browsing in your community can help drive organic vegetable production and food security. The goats supply a rich mulch that Firesmart goat keepers can use to grow vegetables in their garden (if the goats don't eat them first! hahaha).
The most effective emergency management is proactive, and the return on investment, while depending on hazard type and location would generate a savings of $6 for every $1 invested in prevention.
Browsing goats in coastal areas can also be an effective way to mitigate flood risk, especially where invasive Phragmites and Spartina dominate. Thatching for sand dunes is an interesting way to improve coastal resilience to major flooding events.
Goats change the ecosystem of their environment by increasing the competitiveness and diversity of plant species by recycling vegetation back into the soil. This enhances the root growth of plants which is another tremendous source of carbon sequestration and can be measured by taking soil samples. An enhanced root bed traps and holds soil in heavy rains and makes the remaining vegetation much more resistant to drought.
By including BC Timber Goats in your community's management plan you can reduce threats from wildfire, invasive weeds, deer ticks and predator cover from the Urban Wildland Interface. Engage your community in these areas with novel opportunities for Goat watching.
BC Timber Goats practices a regenerative and sustainable form of agriculture and by engaging BC Timber Goats your community is taking action on Climate Change while improving the safety and sustainability of your Urban Wildland Interface. Please contact us to find out how you can participate in a BC Timber Goat Carbon Capture and Fuel Mitigation Project Today.
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