In response to concerns from neighbors on Christopher and Crestmont about poison oak at the forest edge, UCSF contacted the Department of Public Works (which takes care of maintenance by the roadside). DPW responded with… goats!
It’s a flock from City Grazing, behind an electric fence (caution if you go to take a look). They had some cards stuck on their sign; it says you can rent between 2 and 80 goats. (They’re at http://www.citygrazing.com)
If you’re walking your dog by there, please be sure to leash him or her – they can scare the goats if they try to chase them, and an electric fence probably isn’t ideal for pets to crash into either.
We wish they’d waited until the bird nesting season was over, but then again, neighbors do need the poison oak cleared. And goats are *tremendously* superior to Roundup, Garlon, or imazapyr – the toxic herbicides that are sometimes used instead.
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There is always going to be some birds that are nesting, as long as the birds aren’t nesting at ground level the goats shouldn’t bother them. Round Up, etc is not effective for poison oak control, it might kill the plants but the dead plant will still have the oil on it & when you get poison oak it is an allergic reaction to the oil. So the irritant is still there & now it isn’t as obvious because the plant is dead.
[Webmaster: Yes, pesticides are a bad idea, and goats a much better one. A lot of our birds (like juncos) do nest at or near ground level. Anyway, the poison oak edging the street needed to be dealt with.]
Love goats. So glad they’re not using pesticides.