Utilizing livestock for managing forests understory vegetative biomass. Reducing accumulated fire 🔥 fuels while also leaving behind soil fertility.
Miss Zuri dog is a Great Pyranese, her presence helps keep our flock of ewes secure from predators
Scotch Broom, Honey Suckle, Poison Oak & Blackberries growing under Ponderosa Pine, Black Oak & Madrone then add flock of ewes
The ewes ate all the vegetation they could reach. Then we move the fencing further into the land continuing forage clearing reducing fire 🔥ladder fuels
48 hours after the ewes foraged Blackberry, Honeysuckle, Poison Oak, & Scotch Broom all the foliage has been eaten leaving stems & stalks that will later be gathered and made into BioChar
Looking through the first completed pen the sheep are now finished with the second pen ready to clear more fire threat vegetation.
First day sheep ate what they can reach then with hand loppers we cut the Scotch Broom in half to a reachable level for continued eating, reducing the biomass fire 🔥 threat converting into fertilize that’s left behind
Before the sheep arrived the land was thick with tall highly flammable Scotch Broom ladder 🔥 fuels after a few days of the sheep eating & us cutting the overgrown vegetation the sheep ate and trampled all they could and we move the fence again.
In four days the sheep have cleared and reduced what was a meadow full of ladder fuel fire 🔥 vulnerable overgrowth clearing the space. Continuing to move the sheep fencing we will return here to gather the remaining slash for turning into Biochar
Every where we have grazed we will return to pull any stumps of Scotch Broom still standing & during the safe burn season we will create Biochar with any dead vegetation to help sequester carbon while also improving the land.
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Our Ram herd is working on a steep ravine & have quickly eaten what they can reach of the predominantly honeysuckle & toyon while also rummaging in the leaves eating acorns.
Rams have eaten as high as the can reach and are now scraping the bark. We will next go in to cut the brush so they can eat the tops. After they finish eating the stems will be gathered to make Biochar. The roots carbon mass left in the soil allows a chance for a coppice into new growth
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