Download Wildland Management Policies in PDF format
Download Grazing Brochure in PDF format
Field Season, Grassland Monitoring Project
Final Report for EBRPD 2009 Field Season, Grassland Monitoring Project--Year 8
Wildfire Hazard Reduction And Resource Management Plan and EIR
Learn more about East Bay Hills Wildfire Hazard Reduction And Resource Management Plan and EIR
Grazing animals have been a part of the ecosystem of this region for many thousands of years. The flora of the East Bay evolved under the influence of prehistoric herbivores, large herds of deer, elk, antelope, and other grazing animals.
Today, visitors to the East Bay Regional Parks may encounter cattle, sheep or goats grazing on the grasslands. The Park District has over 40 years of experience using grazing as a resource tool. Our program is conducted under a highly regulated license based upon accepted principles of range management.
Livestock grazing utilizing cattle, sheep and goats is used as a vegetation management tool to maintain and improve habitat conditions for resident plants and animals and to prevent wildfires. Ongoing research indicates that moderately grazed areas generally display a greater diversity and density of plant and animal life.
Approximately 5,000 cattle, 1,000 sheep and 1,000 goats are spread out over about half of the District's 65 parks. Most of the grazing takes place during the spring and early summer.
- Benefits of Grazing Animals
- What You Can Do to Help
- Safety Tips for Hiking Near Grazing Animals
- Parks With Grazing
2013 Goat Grazing Activities
Visitors to the East Bay Regional Parks may encounter cattle, sheep or goats grazing on the grasslands. The District uses grazing animals as a practical and economic resource management tool. Grazing helps reduce fire hazards by controlling the amount and distribution of grasses and other potential fuel. Around urban settings, goats are often used in conjunction with human work crews and prescribed burns to create fuel breaks –a proactive effort to manage future wildfires.
Download: 2013 Goat Grazing Schedule
Download: Goat Grazing Brochure
Download: Final Report for EBRPD 2009 Field Season, Grassland Monitoring Project--Year 8 (January 26, 2011)