Goats Aid Forest Service

Goats Aid Forest Service

The United States Forest Service has 1200 goats clearing fire breaks in the Cleveland National Forest, saving an estimated $30 to $100 an acre.

The goats are eating their way through the scrub brush and undergrowth just west of Mt. Laguna, a resort and camping community in the national forest about 60 miles northeast of San Diego.

Ranger Stan Allgeier estimated it would have cost $30 an acre to clear the fire breaks with herbicides or heavy machinery, more like $100 an acre using men with power and hand tools. The goats are costing nothing; the owner of the herd gets free grazing rights.

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