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Caltrans Uses Goats For Vegetation Control

Caltrans News Flash #112

Date: January 6, 2017
District: Headquarters
Contact: Hayden Manning
Phone: (916) 688-6723
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SAN DIEGO — Innovation solutions to everyday problems is strongly encouraged at Caltrans. In the San Diego area – innovation was disguised as a herd of goats.

Caltrans used the National Fire Prevention Association's fire prevention week (October 9-15) for a pilot program to use goats to remove brush. The steepness of the slope at Interstate 8 and Puetz Valley Road in Alpine poses a risk of injury for human workers. Goats are sure footed for this kind of terrain.

The goats were also used as part of an Integrated Vegetation Management Program with hydro-seed to compete against weeds and promote the growth of native vegetation. This approach lessens soil erosion and reduces the need for herbicides.

In this Caltrans News Flash, spokesman Hayden Manning speaks with Johnny Gonzalez, the proprietor of Environmental Land Management. Mr. Gonzalez explains the advantages of using goats to remove non-native vegetation and create fire breaks.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 112th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

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