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Downtown LA Goats

It seems that LA is onto the goat crusade, finding that goats can be cost effective and efficient in vegetation management issues…

100 goats turned loose on a downtown L.A. plot – Los Angeles Times

Leaders of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency hired 100 goats to nibble away thick weeds on a steep slope at the corner of 4th and Hill streets, next to the Angels Flight funicular.

Agency officials said the goats were cheaper and more environmentally friendly than two-legged brush-clearers armed with gasoline-powered weed-whackers.

And they are much more fun to watch, downtown office workers and other passersby quickly decided, as the animals fanned out over the 45-degree slope and chowed down.

It doesn’t surprise me that this solution has come only at the end of decades of cheap oil, after petroleum products have wreaked their havoc over the environment.

When will other communities in North America start understanding that choosing alternatives to gas, where feasible (even if you feel stupid doing it!) is important?

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Story via Sustainablog.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.