Pride Flag

The City of San Rafael celebrates Pride Month


Goat Grazing for Wildfire Risk Reduction in Open Space Beginning May 2nd, 2022

Posted on May 2, 2022

Grasshopper Hill Goats

It is an exciting part of the spring season when the goats come to town! Goat grazing in San Rafael helps mitigate wildfire risk to the community by removing light and flashy fuels that enable wildfire to spread across the landscape. The intent of removing these fuels around homes and other infrastructure is to help slow the spread of wildfire if it approaches the community.  

Beginning on May 2nd, goat grazing will commence on 10 sites throughout San Rafael and Marinwood open space and cover approximately 150 acres of grassland in the immediate vicinity of homes and structures. For specific site locations please look at the Project Map.

While it is fun and exciting to see our furry friends at work there are a few safety items to consider if you are in the vicinity of an active worksite. Portions of the open space may be closed to accommodate a safe work area, so please adhere to posted signage and closures. For everyone’s safety please always keep your dog on a leash and your children away from the enclosure. The fences used to contain the goats are electrified and should not be touched, breached, or jumped over at any time. If you or your children want to get up close and personal with some grazing goats, we invite you to come to Ember Stomp on Saturday May 28th. Ember Stomp is the first-ever wildfire prevention festival in Marin County. Come check out this free event and enjoy live music, food trucks, goats, fire safety demos, and games for kids! 

The goats are making good progress throughout the City and following the route below:

Site Name Acres Responsibility Neighborhood Status
Idylberry Fire Road 15.6 Marinwood CSD Marinwood Completed
Grasshopper Hill 4.1 Marinwood CSD Marinwood Completed
Mont Marin Open Space 20.2 City of San Rafael Mont Marin Completed
Robert Dollar Open Space 23.1 City of San Rafael Lincoln Hill/ Downtown Completed
Deer Valley Open Space 17.8 City of San Rafael Smith Ranch Completed
Hartzell Park 15.1 City of San Rafael Terra Linda Completed
Scettrini Fire Road 13.1 City of San Rafael Civic Center Completed
Gold Hill Fire Road 14.9 City of San Rafael Dominican Completed
McNear Open Space 13 City of San Rafael Glenwood/Peacock Gap Completed
Bret Harte Open Space 11 City of San Rafael Bret Harte Completed

If you have any questions about the City’s goat grazing program and any of our other wildfire mitigation projects please contact our Vegetation Management Specialist, Calvin Schrader at 415-485-3457 or 


Close window