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Oct 1, 2018 15:12:15   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
These large herds of goats work behind temporary, moveable fences to clear the undergrowth in a effort to reduce the fire danger in the hills above the San Francisco Bay. Their office has a great view of Oakland below and San Francisco across the bay. They are attended by two and four legged herders and I am always happy to see them!


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Oct 1, 2018 15:24:03   #
Eddy Vortex
 
Will that effect soil erosion?

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Oct 1, 2018 15:32:10   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
Phil, I was going to say what a fantastic idea this is, and then I read Eddy's question above I'm think SF Bay Area doesn't have the landslide issues of SoCal, but memories are fuzzy. Interested in hearing whatever you know about the practice. And in the meantime, a fascinating series of photos and yes, a multi-million dollar view!

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Oct 1, 2018 15:48:14   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Eddy Vortex wrote:
Will that effect soil erosion?


Thanks for the visit Eddy. The herds are carefully managed and moved to avoid the kind of overgrazing that could contribute to erosion. The second photo does show erosion patterns typical of drainage from the road cut. The consequences from post wild fire rains and mudslides are a far greater threat. Keeping these houses firmly in place is a serious business.

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Oct 1, 2018 16:08:20   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
Phil, I was going to say what a fantastic idea this is, and then I read Eddy's question above I'm think SF Bay Area doesn't have the landslide issues of SoCal, but memories are fuzzy. Interested in hearing whatever you know about the practice. And in the meantime, a fascinating series of photos and yes, a multi-million dollar view!


Hi Linda! It is a fantastic idea, cost-effective, sustainable and by the most basic defination eco friendly, even considering the average goat's emmission rate. Thanks for the visit my friend. The juxtaposition of these workers and the view was the motivator of this post. Goats like high places, I want to believe they are happy in thier work!

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Oct 1, 2018 18:16:36   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Very interesting set!

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Oct 1, 2018 18:58:13   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
That is a super view for these diligent workers, Phil! They seemed to be intent on their work but I hope they stop to admire now and then. Goats are sure footed and can navigate the steep inclines and they are not overly picky about their diet making them well suited for the job at hand!

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Oct 1, 2018 19:19:22   #
gregoryd45 Loc: Fakahatchee Strand
 
rockdog wrote:
These large herds of goats work behind temporary, moveable fences to clear the undergrowth in a effort to reduce the fire danger in the hills above the San Francisco Bay. Their office has a great view of Oakland below and San Francisco across the bay. They are attended by two and four legged herders and I am always happy to see them!


Very nice set, rockdog

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Oct 1, 2018 19:20:50   #
Dixiegirl Loc: Alabama gulf coast
 
Extremely interesting practice with the goats, Phil, and breathtaking vistas! What a lovely post!

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Oct 1, 2018 20:58:45   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
UTMike wrote:
Very interesting set!


Thanks Mike!

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Oct 1, 2018 21:14:03   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Cwilson341 wrote:
That is a super view for these diligent workers, Phil! They seemed to be intent on their work but I hope they stop to admire now and then. Goats are sure footed and can navigate the steep inclines and they are not overly picky about their diet making them well suited for the job at hand!


They eat poison oak!....bless their hearts. None of these photos do justice to the size of these herds, there are several and each numbers more than 100 goats. Thanks for the visit Carol.

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Oct 1, 2018 21:16:00   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
gregoryd45 wrote:
Very nice set, rockdog


Thanks Greg!

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Oct 1, 2018 21:21:31   #
rockdog Loc: Berkeley, Ca.
 
Dixiegirl wrote:
Extremely interesting practice with the goats, Phil, and breathtaking vistas! What a lovely post!


Thanks for the kind comment Donna. This road can produce some stunning views with the right light and atmospheric conditions, I should do more with it.

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Oct 2, 2018 06:06:50   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
rockdog wrote:
These large herds of goats work behind temporary, moveable fences to clear the undergrowth in a effort to reduce the fire danger in the hills above the San Francisco Bay. Their office has a great view of Oakland below and San Francisco across the bay. They are attended by two and four legged herders and I am always happy to see them!


Nice set Phil.

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Oct 2, 2018 06:24:04   #
sb Loc: Florida's East Coast
 
Very interesting!

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