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Paso Robles uses goat grazing to clean up vegetation in Salinas Riverbed

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Posted at 8:42 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 02:12:20-04

The city of Paso Robles is looking to different ways to mitigate the overgrowth of vegetation within the Salinas Riverbed.

One method they’ve found useful is the use of livestock grazing, according to a press release. Now, the city has contracted with the company The Goat Girls LLC to graze 15 acres of vegetation.

Battalion Chief of the Paso Robles City Fire Department Jay Enns said this was possible with grant funding from the San Luis Obispo Fire Safe Council, as well as some funding from the Paso Robles City Council.

The release said a mixture of 250 goats arrived on Aug. 17 to reduce the shrubbery and they’re expected to be completed on Aug. 31.

“I think they’ve been out here six hours and they have already made an impact on the area right now,” Enns said. “So, I think it just gets better with time.”

The public is invited to view the grazing operation; however, be cautious because there is electric fencing to contain the animals, according to the release.

The release said it will start at Larry Moore Park then move north along the River Walk to Navajo Road and west under the Niblick Bridge.