Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hot Topic

Our previous camp was on the south edge of Eldorado where the air seems a bit clearer, closer to the edge of the smoke stream. 
But this was the view of the Los Conchas fire from our new camp Friday night.
 The vegetation is so dry out there- amazing the devastation a spark can so easily cause. 
The implementation of fire-fuel reducing goatscaping is so needful SO NEW! Over 2 dozen residences in Eldorado have supported us in our new frontier this year (almost 100 homes goatscaped in Eldorado in the last year, many people now telling us they are waiting for the monsoon re growth to have us back); there are many residents within Eldorado which have seen the value in the goat and have a fire safe perimeter. 
The ECIA has contracted with us twice this year to create safer public spaces between neighborhoods in both Gallina Park and Pueblo Canon Park. 

Not least  the local Volunteer Firefighters have thanked us for the work we have done in various neighborhoods. 
While working at the water tanks, next to the horse stables, I was astounded to see the large number of trucks and trailers haul out dry vegetation to fill up the landfill, maintaining the bare areas of mono growth. This method of harvesting weeds creates the inability of the land to transition, to evolve through succession. 
With the use of goats these annual opportunists are broken down feeding the microbes which are the fundamental neccessity in a healthy soil which allow grasses and other symbiotic plants to flourish. As the goat mob browses through they are breaking up and stepping in the dry stalks (carbon) and adding their urine and manure (nitrogen), thus feeding the the organic processors that is dirt.     

The goats compost right on site and promote healthier scapes... without the fire.

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