Over the next few months you will see goats and sheep grazing within the City of Lincoln's Open Space, Preserves and Right of ways. This grazing will be conducted according to a City-wide grazing plan and will occur as early as January depending on weather conditions and is typically completed by June 30th.. Grazing contractors will be working with the herds 24 hours a day during the grazing period.
Grazing is occurring for habitat management purposes and will improve the overall health of the City of Lincoln's Open Space Preserves. Grazing is an effective way to control invasive weeds, reduce wildfire fuels, maintain native plant and animal diversity, and reduce dead plant matter (thatch) buildup. Without management, these items can negatively affect the habitat functions of Open Space Preserves.
The grazing will be actively monitored to help ensure that the Preserves are not being damaged or over-grazed. As part of the ongoing monitoring of the City of Lincoln's Open Space and Preserves, biologists will collect grazing data. This data is used to make informed decisions about how many animals are used in a given area, how long they are left in one place, and is an essential part of the adaptive management of the City of Lincoln's Open Space and Preserves.
The City needs your help to make the grazing season a success. If you see animals out of their fenced areas or have urgent safety concerns, please contact the Public Works Department immediately at (916) 434-2450 M-F from 8am-5pm, and the Lincoln Police Department at (916)-645-4040 during all other hours and weekends. Thank you!
For additional information on grazing within the City of Lincoln's Open Space Preserves, please contact Public Services at 916-434-2450.