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Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 31, 2019 05:26PM
[www.bbc.com]

A hungry herd of 500 goats has helped save the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library from the California wildfires.

In May, the library hired the goats to clear flammable scrub surrounding the complex as a preventative measure.
The goats ate the brush, creating a fire break that slowed the flames and gave firefighters extra time to react.

The library near Los Angeles was threatened by the Easy Fire, the latest in a spate of fires causing evacuations and power cuts across the state.
The caprine contractors included Vincent van Goat, Selena Goatmez and Goatzart. They helped save exhibits including an Air Force One jet and a piece of the Berlin Wall.
"We were told by one of the firefighters that they believe that fire break made their job easier," Melissa Giller, a library spokeswoman, told Reuters.
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 31, 2019 05:29PM
Clearing out flammable brush, what a concept.

Reagan would obviously have approved: [www.youtube.com]
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 31, 2019 05:32PM
California should have cleared a wide swath underneath power lines as well. That would have greatly reduced the number of fires. And kept the power on.
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: Ammo
Date: October 31, 2019 05:43PM
Young goats or old goats?



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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: vision63
Date: October 31, 2019 05:45PM
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Buck
California should have cleared a wide swath underneath power lines as well. That would have greatly reduced the number of fires. And kept the power on.

That's not really possible. It's too much real estate.
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: JoeH
Date: October 31, 2019 05:46PM
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Buck
California should have cleared a wide swath underneath power lines as well. That would have greatly reduced the number of fires. And kept the power on.

Responsibility for clearing goes to the utilities, not the state. From all reports at least one utility used the money that should have gone to that for executive bonuses.

Even so, how many of the fires trace back that kind of starting point? From reading reports over the years, just a fraction.
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 31, 2019 05:47PM
Washington DOT advocate for use of goats to clear brush.

[www.wsdot.wa.gov]



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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 31, 2019 05:48PM
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Ammo
Young goats or old goats?

Wouldn't they be equally hungry?
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: RgrF
Date: October 31, 2019 06:37PM
Ventura County brought the idea to the Library and The goat program is organized and paid for by the fire department, so no special clearance is required to have the goats on property.

The goats came from the government and they were there to help. RR must be rolling over in his grave.
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 31, 2019 06:37PM
.....billy goat....gruff.....???



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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: DavidS
Date: October 31, 2019 08:24PM
over the summer, we had a team of 34 goats at our house to clear out ivy and brush in our yard They did a great job and were a total hit with the neighbors,

Goats!!
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: davester
Date: October 31, 2019 09:10PM
Brush clearance by goats is very common in my neck of the woods. Many of the park districts, utilities and local governments use them. Way better than the guys with string trimmers.



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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 31, 2019 11:34PM
do the goats also eat the dead and rotting leaves and flora?
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: bobinmurphy
Date: November 01, 2019 06:26AM
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mrbigstuff
do the goats also eat the dead and rotting leaves and flora?

They'll eat damn near anything. The problem with goats is to them "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence", so they prefer the neighbors yard to your own. My Dad solved that problem by giving his herd of goats to his neighbor.
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Re: Reagan library saved by goats
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 02, 2019 09:08AM
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ztirffritz
Washington DOT advocate for use of goats to clear brush.

[www.wsdot.wa.gov]

I see them around Seattle every now and then. Usually hillsides. They always make me smile. Amazing what they can do to a hillside of blackberry brush.
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