It is kind of quiet in the Quincy office of NFPA today, as many of our staff are participating in NFPA's annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. And I'm not sure if it's simply because it's the season or what, but there have been an unusually large number of stories popping up about using goats for wildfire mitigation. Someone here who must be reading those articles asked me to blog about goats, so here you go:
- Goats make great video, as I found out after being quoted in USA Today in an article a couple years ago.
- Data on goats and wildfire is challenging to quantify, as I also found out during my interview with the USA Today reporter.
- Some people find the whole notion of goats chewing up the fire hazard fairly intriguing but also mildly silly.
- Silly or not, everyone from federal land managers to major utility companies to homeowners associations seem to be using goats as a fire management alternative.
- Goats embrace technology, including online crowdfunding, to ensure they have jobs down the line.
Photo credit: Settler Valley Ranch image of goats at work in Prescott-area Highland Pines subdivision, www.settlervalleyranch.com