Goat Fund Me Nevada City

$15,735 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 355 people in 1 month
Created December 5, 2018
Reinette Senum
on behalf of Loree McCay

There is little need to stress how important it is to the safety and wellbeing of Nevada City citizens and neighboring residents that we reduce the fire load in our surrounding forests and neighborhoods. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly in Paradise, have hit all too close to home and have become the ultimate Cautionary Tale.

Fortunately, we can do something about it and while the City of Nevada City is taking the lead we cannot do this alone. Whether you are a homeowner, a renter, or a business owner, we are all in the same boat together, equally at risk for catastrophic fire.


Our city staff, fire and police departments, as well as city council members realize how important it is that we take proactive steps NOW. This is why we have been working for weeks with local ranchers to launch a goat/sheep prescriptive grazing on city-owned land including the over 450 acres of city-owned greenbelt.

In addition to these greenbelts, we are starting this December with the backside of Pioneer Park as our Goat Grazing Public Demonstration. While we are being proactive as a city we believe in the Chinese Proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

We know it’s equally important that we teach our local residents how to reduce the risk on their own property by providing this Public Demonstration, as well as tips, tools, best practices, and contact info of qualified, vetted ranchers. We will provide this information in brochure-form as well as on our official city website so you can utilize the same prescriptive grazing techniques on your property and surrounding neighborhood as we will on our city-owned land. 

However, we can't do this alone and this is why:


Yes, we can use prescriptive grazing as a solution to reduce our risk of catastrophic fire, BUT the rub is we only have THIS winter available to use several different large herds: Our local ranchers have already rented out their herds next spring, summer, and fall. And while the ranchers are expanding to meet demand, for now, they are only available to Nevada City on a large scale THIS winter..... THIS is why time is of the essence.

While we turn to our homeowners, renters, business owners, and neighborhood associations, we will be looking at securing grant funding as well. However, this generally takes many weeks or months and we simply don't have that kind of time to be able to launch the program by this month, December, and throughout the rest of the winter.

Prescriptive grazing utilizes goats for bushes, trees, and manzanita (not scotch broom) while sheep graze on grass. The program requires a herdsman to be on-site at all times as well as a camping trailer, water wagon, electric fencing, herding dog, and transport trailer. It also requires timely public notice through signage alerting residents of the incoming herd.

Prescriptive grazing can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per acre depending on the difficulty of the terrain and how much there is to graze. Approximately 200 goats can knock down an acre per day. Nevada City has over 450 acres of greenbelt and it is of utmost importance we keep the fire risk to a minimum. That’s a lot of acreage, but we’re breaking it down into bite sizes and prioritizing where the risk is greatest. However, the more money we raise, the more acreage we can cover!


To get going, the city staff is recommending the City Council approve (up to) $5,000 for the Pioneer Park Prescriptive Grazing, Public Demonstration, & Outreach Materials. City staff and council members have walked city owned property and have identified 4 different methods of clearing as well as the following properties as high priority for this winter:
Community Volunteers  (CV) 
Goats or Sheep; Prescriptive Grazing  (G)
Jail Work Release Program, or Washington Ridge Crews (WR)
Machinery (M)

Pioneer Park   (G) (CV)
Deer Creek Environs including Treatment Plant (G) (CV) (WR)
Woods Ravine (West of Hirschman's Pond) (G) (WR)
Sugar Loaf (WR)
Old Airport (M)
Once these properties have been cleared by the prescriptive grazing we will follow up with hand-crews for additional clearing and de-limbing. We will need community volunteers for easy-to-reach properties and are working towards partnering with the County to utilize the Jail Release Program and/or the Washington Ridge Crews. 

We will maximize the benefits of clearing out these properties by also following up with removing abandoned homeless camp so as to discourage homeless camps in the future thus reducing the fire risk even more while ensuring a healthy watershed!

Please support us in keeping Nevada City and surrounding communities safe.  If we don't do this for ourselves, it's simply not going to happen. There is no better insurance policy than to reduce the risk at hand. Let's be proactive and ensure that we are safe and thriving in a healthy, fire-free community!

Please note that 100% of ALL FUNDS goes Directly to the City of Nevada City, overseen by Financial 
Directory, Loree McCay.


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Update 6
Posted by Reinette Senum
1 day ago
We Just Have to Share a Few of the Uplifting Comments We Have Received From our Contributors!

A. Baron
Great idea! That’s what community is all about!

D. Albin
I lost my house in Santa Rosa in 2017. I recently donated to the Paradise fire victims. I like the idea of funding goats rather than victims. Go goats!

A. Lebaron
Great ideas need to be supported!

T & S Scott
We love our town

R. Slade
I believe in action and doing something and also I believe in the power of the goat!

S. McDermott
We had goats come thru and clear our creeks in Citrus Heights last spring. Super smart...not to mention very cute! Way to think outside of the box Nevada City!

B. Karetnick
This is simple, for real, logical, and WHY WOULDN’T we utilize our Goat friends? DO IT! Goats can help save lives. And, Goats smile :)

DiCaprio Foundation
Donation made by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

A. Lepetri
Beyond happy to support this! An actionable solution for a real problem - and goats! Love this, best of luck to you guys.

S. Chang
Help others in need.

C. Bird
I know someone in Nevada City

S. Aldrich
I believe in using natural methods of combating wildfires and goats are highly effective, mobile resources that are also cute! All of the wildfire prone areas should be using them.

R. Ryland
It's a green alternative to a problem that requires a solution.

J Gilson
WE have a cabin in the area and believe it is important to support the local agencies and residents.

A. Ansell
I care about CA and our climate. Go goats.

L. Mahnken
I donated because I want to help keep my family safe.

S. Davidson
Saw the article in the LA Times and thought it was a clever way to clear brush. Worthwhile donation to help.

A. Rose

Z. Rahman
What a brilliant environmentally sound way to save the environment. Please use the funding to lobby your local and state officials to have this in the budget.

N. Kuykendall
I used to live in beautiful Nevada City.

P. Holdredge
I love the town and people of Nevada City! We hope to retire there within the 2020s!

L. Johnson
Love that you are using nature to combat fires.

N. Doubrley
I love goats and elegant solutions to problems. Goat for it!

M.K. Johanson
this is a terrific idea - win/win!

J. Lally
Great ideas make us stronger.
G. Stuart
Great idea. Good luck from Tucson, AZ

A. Sawyer
This is an environment-friendly solution that meets a need with an organic solution.

L. Fridley
I applaud innovative ideas to help with the fires. I’m especially excited about using animals in a humane way to assist. Great thinking outside the box!!!

J. Burke
We need to help one another.

M. Evans
Nevada City is near Reno and I want to help them avoid what happened to Paradise. I also think this is a great idea.

J. Calloway
The wildfires are destroying more of California's beauty and economy every year, and what more awesome way for land management than Nature's Lawnmowers- GOATS!!! They don't need gas, are quiet, and don't blow dust all over when they "cut"! As a bonus, goats fertilize the land as they graze! I am a Capricorn, so I have a soft spot for those horned, hooved, sweet critters!

M. MacKenzie
This is a wonderful solution, that more people and governments should realize and utilize. Go for it. It is cheaper and goats taste great when they procreate and have kids.

L. Taylor
While I currently live in LA, I grew up in a farm community in Northern CA. After feeling so helpless while at the same time extremely lucky that the most recent fires had little to no effect on me personally, it makes me feel so good to support this amazing idea and community effort. I wish I could give more. Your community deserves it!

B. Ruhmann
This is a perfect way to lessen the possibilities of another Paradise/Butte

N. Pine
I think this is a brilliant idea...good luck!

Joe R
I want to believe

D. Kanca
We need to take care of each other, especially in an eco- smart way

H. Gordon
The Goats can get to places that people and machines can not.

M. Bowers
I wanted to help out.

D. Strawser
Any creative idea like this is worth trying. Proactive vs. reactive is always best.

B. Oldfather
I want more people / cities to use these kinds of methods :)

'Go goats go...!

I. Ishii
I want us to be fire safe community.

O. Levi
I care about the safety of our community.

M. Sheridan
I just moved to this community and I absolutely love. I want to help ensure that this area is safe for generations to come.

J. Calbreath
I like joining the community for the well being of all and I believe this is a fabulous idea. Let's organize by neighborhoods and do more of it. Banner Lava Cap!

B. Costello
Great Idea Think about fire prevention to do whatever you can to be part of the solution.

C. Grimsby
It is an important cause.

S. Hernández
I care

Photo Credit: Randall Frizzell capturing Goat Work herd ready for action in Nevada City.
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Update 5
Posted by Reinette Senum
1 day ago
Uplifting Response Nationwide to
Goat Fund Me Nevada City

Myself and many others who have been closely following our local Goat Fund Me campaign have remarked how much we are loving the comments left on our page by our generous campaign contributors, such as yourself. What I personally find most amazing? How many people who don't even live here believe in this idea and us! Or how some supporters have perhaps simply visited Nevada City, once, and want to ensure it's still here upon their return. Or they have a loved one living here and want to know they will be safer if we are successful.

We have people across the state of California as well as out of state sending donations, including personal checks from those off-line but determined we get their donation one way or another. The outpouring for this ecological concept, and our timely and creative action as a city, is truly one of the most inspiring experiences I have ever had during a crowd funding campaign! I can’t keep up to all of the Thank You notes that are due, and emails and calls coming in from those who have heard about this campaign from NPR, LA Times, Newsweek or Wired magazine, or their local nightly news, to name a few.

This amazing response, however, also makes me keenly aware of how much we are all seeking practical and attainable solutions for our at-risk communities, and NOW. Well, yesterday, actually. Yesterday would have been much better, but here we are.

So…. I must admit that goats are a cute solution. But to be honest, this is a huge undertaking and, while launching with cute goats and a catchy-titled-campaign, in order for this to be successful it will actually take many hands and solid commitment to ultimately restore our forests and reduce the fire danger around us. But I believe WE can do it. I wouldn't spend my time on this project if I thought otherwise.

I actually believe through efforts such as this particular project we will produce programs and outcomes that will ultimately make this an EVEN better, safer, and more connected community.... just in time to serve a world and future that will need us.

I sincerely want to thank all of you who have been willing to jump in and make this a reality. We have officially reached the $15,000 halfway mark in the Goat Fund Me campaign today, but we have a long way to go that will include a lot of heavy lifting. Now with that said, the heavy lifting becomes so much lighter when reading beautiful and very "uplifting" comments that many of you have left on our Goat Fund Me page. You can read a smattering of them in our next email to you.

We do seem to be The Little City That Can for many people…. People who are generously investing in our success from around our state and nation!

Many Blessing Back to Everyone!

Reinette Senum
Campaign Manager
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Update 4
Posted by Reinette Senum
4 days ago
Well, this is a good sign. Never received one of these before!
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Update 3
Posted by Reinette Senum
4 days ago
Word of Goat Fund Me is Spreading

We are just a few dollars shy of the $7,000 mark because of your wonderful contribution! We still can't thank you enough, btw.

You may have given to our campaign because you recently heard or read about it via a variety of media coverage. The campaign has taken on a life of its own and we just keep piquing people's interest!

Here's the recent Wired magazine story:

The CBS Evening News story:

As well as a story in the LA Times:

This is because we are all building the momentum together!

Again, we can't thank all of you enough.... because "The More We Raise The More We Graze!"


Reinette Senum
Campaign Manager
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Raised by 355 people in 1 month
Created December 5, 2018
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on behalf of Loree McCay
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