Monday, May 23, 2016

Using Sheep to Control Cheat Grass and Other Fine Fuels in Nevada

The Eastern Sierras saw a wet winter this year, leaving grasses and other fine fire fuels on the ground. Now foresters are looking at sheep to help solve this issue.  

This radio interview highlights how the US Forest Service in Carson City, NV is taking advantage of a local opportunity to reduce hazardous fuels near town.  On the Arrowhawk Project, 800 ewes and lambs are currently grazing 1,000 acres and on the other side of town, 800 more are grazing 500 acres. Fuels managers time the projects for when the cheat grass is starting to green up because the sheep will eat it.  

Listen to the full interview here.    

Sheep grazing in Nevada.  Photo: USFS, Carson Ranger District

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