A herd of more than 300 goats is busy munching invasive weeds on the Filiorum and Three Sisters Reserves behind the homes on Ocean Terrace Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes. The city hires goats to clear dry brush to reduce fire hazards.
The goats arrived in the Palos Verdes city at the beginning of March. They're expected to remain munching throughout June.
Because of the increased rainfall this season, the goats also have more weeds and non-native plants to clear, according to Louise Olfarnes, spokesperson for Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
The Conservancy also hires the goats each spring to remove invasive weeds such as mustard and fennel to prepare sites for planting native species. The restored areas ensure native plants and native birds that depend upon them can thrive.
The Filiorum and Three Sisters Reserves are two of ten nature reserves in the 1,400 acres Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. The protected reserves, owned by the city and managed by the land conservancy, are part of the 900 acres of contiguous natural land that also includes the Portuguese Bend Reserve.
The PVPLC will have the goats at Abalone Cove the first half of June and is seeking supporters to "Adopt-a-Goat," according to Olfarnes. Goat adopters help with an environmentally-friendly and efficient way to clear weeds from one acre per day.
Donors making gifts of $100 or more will be invited to a special event in June for a "family" portrait with a newborn goat.
To contribute, visit pvplc.org.