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Sheep Grazing for Wildfire Risk Reduction Moves to Robert Dollar Open Space

Posted on June 15, 2023

Flock of sheep behind a fence, with a sign about wildfire mitigation.
The Fire Department’s prescribed herbivory, (grazing) program is underway in Open Space across San Rafael. We are excited to share that we also have a flock of sheep this year who are hard at work munching away for wildfire mitigation. This week, the sheep are moving through Robert Dollar Open Space where they will be through the end of June.
Goat and sheep grazing is one of the most effective tools for wildfire mitigation. Their work helps slow the spread of wildfire by reducing the amount of easy to ignite fuel, such as grass.
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.
The goats and sheep are making good progress throughout the City! Keep an eye out for more updates over the summer.
Site Name Acres Responsibility Neighborhood
Mont Marin Open Space 20.2 City of San Rafael Mont Marin
Idylberry Fire Road 15.6 Marinwood CSD Marinwood
Grasshopper Hill 4.1 Marinwood CSD Marinwood
Robert Dollar Open Space 23.1 City of San Rafael Lincoln Hill/ Downtown
Deer Valley Open Space 17.8 City of San Rafael Smith Ranch
Hartzell Park 15.1 City of San Rafael Terra Linda
Scettrini Fire Road 13.1 City of San Rafael Civic Center
Gold Hill Fire Road 14.9 City of San Rafael Dominican
McNear Open Space 13 City of San Rafael Glenwood/Peacock Gap
Bret Harte Open Space 11 City of San Rafael Bret Harte


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

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