Goats at Work

Nothing cleans up the Parkway like a herd of goats, as Susan Maxwell Skinner reports on their work in Carmichael on her Facebook page.

Susan is also the magisterial source for the Parkway eagle family

Her report.

“They come, they see, they devour. I love ruminants. So I was delighted to see a heavenly host of goats imported to Carmichael’s Sutter Jensen Community Park this week. These 450 goats will spend about 10 days clearing brush from spots too dangerous, steep or rocky for man and mower. In our desiccating summer, these caprines are a terrific asset for fire prevention. Grinding teeth don’t cause sparks in tinder-dry locations; the critters are gentle and don’t bother wildlife; they’re soothing to the psyche to contemplate. Oh, and their only residue sure benefits landscaping.

“It’s also nice for suburbanites to see the herd at work in our old olive groves. Gives you an idea of the Carmichael Colony a century ago.

“Go see goats: park at Sutter Avenue and Hollister (in the community garden parking lot). Listen for bleating. There are hundreds of the critters corralled and chomping — you can’t miss ’em!”

Retrieved June 4, 2021 from Susan Maxwell Skinner | Facebook

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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