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‘Goat Fund Me’ Looks to Prevent Wildfires by Having the Animals Munch Away Overgrown Brush in NorCal

Goats are seen in this undated image. The farm animals could be used for wildfire prevention in one Northern California town, as they munch away flammable, overgrown brush. The city of Laguna Beach has previously used goats to clear its brush. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Goats are seen in this undated image. The farm animals could be used for wildfire prevention in one Northern California town, as they munch away flammable, overgrown brush. The city of Laguna Beach has previously used goats to clear its brush. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

In tiny Nevada City, a Gold Rush town in Northern California touting a population of 3,100, folks are big on a novel idea to fight the increasing threat of wildfires: calling in the goats.

Vice Mayor Reinette Senum has launched a crowdsourcing campaign called “Goat Fund Me,” hoping the online fundraising efforts will garner $30,000 to work with local ranchers on a prescriptive grazing project on city-owned land, including 450 acres of greenbelt.

“Why not do something — and as soon as we can?” Senum said Friday from her home tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she has lived off and on since age 4. “If we’re not proactive, if we don’t help ourselves, no one else is going to step up.”

The city is especially vulnerable to fires “because we’re an outdoorsy community. We spend a lot of time in nature and we’re packed with brush that turns into tinder that needs to be cleared,” Senum said.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.