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Oregon is trying a furry approach to firefighting: goats
by Kelsie Smith, CNN
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18 September 2020
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An Oregon city has employed a specialized team to reduce the risk of wildfires -- and each member has four hooves. Forest Grove, a city 25 miles east of Portland, is using a herd of 230 vegetation-eating goats as a tool to thin undergrowth on undeveloped city owned property, urban forest and park property. ... Forest Grove has hired Healing Hooves to manage vegetation for the past four years. 'The goats are efficient, fast, and cheaper than manual labor,' said Forest Grove Park Supervisor Matt Baum.
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Healing Hooves shepherd Craig Madsen has a special interest in using goats for vegetation removal. ... 'They work in areas that are difficult to do,' said Madsen. 'Steepness of slope or some other reasons where it's hard to get equipment into -- the goats come in and they don't mind climbing slopes.'
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