Canyon Creek HOA ~ Test Driving Eco Friendly Vegetation Managment

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

The Canyon Creek HOA is trying something new to clear dense brush and reduce the risk of wildfire to our community homes and property. They are test driving a eco-friendly green and sustainable approach to vegetation management. After this project concludes, the HOA will assess the results to determine if this project should be expanded in future years. 

The HOA is conducting a limited pilot project with Rent-A-Ruminant to clear dense brush using goats in the greenbelt area between Chestnut Ridge and Yorktown Trail. This project is expected to last 2-3 days. Rent-A-Ruminant Texas will be visiting our Canyon Creek neighborhood between the dates of November 14 and November 19. 

Goats have proven to be an effective method of wildfire risk management by reducing understory vegetation that can act as a ladder fuel, allowing a ground fire to transition to a much more destructive canopy fire. 

Rent-ARuminant is experienced in urban wildfire risk reduction through its work under contract with Travis County’s fire department and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. 

The Rent-A-Ruminant staff will be on-site with the goats 24/7 while they are working and moving the goats through the intended grazing plots. You may hear a lawn mower or brush cutter from time to time as we will be making paths to run the portable electric fencing down. You may also occasionally hear the goats talking, and you may even hear the team talking to the goats.

 Here are some things to know about the goat's visit...

Please do not touch the fence!

We use temporary electrified fencing to protect our herd. It keeps the goats concentrated on grazing specific areas and keeps predators out.

Please do not feed the goats!

The goats are here to do important work. Introducing snacks or treats to their diet can be dangerous and even fatal. We ask that you please refrain from feeding the goats anything as even some plant species can be harmful.

Please do not pet the goats!

The goats do eat vegetation such as poison ivy or poison oak. This oil does get on their coat and can be passed on to anyone touching them.

Please do not leave your dogs unattended during these few days while the goats are working.

Please keep all gates closed that lead into the greenbelt.

This area is to be cleared by Rent-A-Ruminant (greenbelt runs in back of Chestnut Ridge Rd and Yorktown Trail):

     

Thank you, Canyon Creek HOA, for being innovated and trying this limited pilot project. Will look forward to hearing the results!

 

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Comments (39)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

I'm so glad the HOA came up with this idea....anxious to see the results after the pilot project is over!

Nov 09, 2022 09:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty ..Many people feel the same way you do.

Nov 09, 2022 09:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Roy Kelley ..we need to make sure the community knows it's going on. They have to remember not to feed or pet them.

Nov 09, 2022 09:39 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good to know..we will see first hand how it works Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Nov 09, 2022 09:39 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I've never known anyone who has used goats to clear land but will see how this trial run goes! Its certainly worth a try.

Nov 09, 2022 09:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie sounds like a return to an old proven way to take care of a dangerous situation.

Nov 09, 2022 11:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, we have seen the use of goats for fire mitigation around here too, good luck with this pilot program.

Nov 09, 2022 11:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- I love this idea!!!! It sounds like a smart way to keep the brush low and in an eco-friendly way!!!  I wonder if areas that are heavily impacted by wildfires utilize this??

Nov 09, 2022 12:53 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

George Souto ..sometimes that is the best way!

Nov 09, 2022 01:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Joan Cox ..I think its going to work well.

Nov 09, 2022 01:55 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Kathy Streib ,

One of the reasons they are trying it is because it was so dry and hot this summer. They are concerned with fires..it could prove to to work to keep the brush down so fires can't start.

Nov 09, 2022 01:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

We have been using goats in many areas of Sacramento and surrounding counties for awhile now.  I am often amazed at how efficient those animals are.  And, it's so environmentally friendly.

Nov 09, 2022 07:37 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent

Hi Dorie, I watched one of your youtube videos about Canyon Creek. Great job using Shorts! So many agents miss the opportunity to use that.  Did you see my post on repurpose.io? I have used to syndicate  my tiktoks to Youtube and various other socials. It's a huge  time saver.

Nov 10, 2022 04:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ..that is what we have been learning..the environmentally way to attack the problem.

Nov 10, 2022 05:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Chris,

Thank you and maybe I'll look into it when I get back from LA next week.

Nov 10, 2022 05:04 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Dorie,

What an interesting solution to vegetation management in your HOA. I will re-blog this post. Thanks for taking the time to write about it. Lots of inspiration for an eco-friendly and sustainable approaches to landscaping maintenance. 

Nov 11, 2022 06:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 12, 2022 07:08 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie - I came back to say that I am glad that Kathy featured this.  I am glad you have some many people who visited this blog.

Nov 13, 2022 06:09 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good advice on what not to do with the goats Dorie Dillard Austin TX !

Nov 13, 2022 07:39 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Congratulations on the feature as well as this Eco-friendly solution.  On top of that the goats are leaving natural fertilizer.

Nov 13, 2022 08:58 AM