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Goats to be Utilized for Vegetation Control on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line

*Work has been delayed until May 9

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will be utilizing goats to control vegetation overgrowth on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line (SCBRL) beginning May 9 on approximately 3.7 miles of the corridor.  

Goats will be utilized in five locations to control weeds and potential fire hazards, clear certain drainage ditches to prevent clogging which may damage infrastructure or neighboring properties, reduce the debris degrading the railroad ties, and to clear certain invasive growth areas which impede visibility for safe travel and for police to patrol for illegal activities. Utilizing goats is quieter, more energy efficient, requires less person-power, and could reduce the need for and/or enhance the effectiveness of herbicides. This could also reduce the overall maintenance cost of the corridor.  

Goats will work at five locations along the SCBRL:

  • South County (Galligan Slough)
  • Aptos (Doris Ave to Sandalwood Dr)
  • Aptos (State Park Dr to Poplar St)
  • Capitola (Coronado St to Wesley St)
  • Live Oak (41st Ave to 17th Ave)  

This work will require the use of electric fencing, goat herders, and herding dogs, all of which will also be contained within the SCBRL right-of-way where the work is being done. The public is asked to not disturb the electric fencing, enter the fenced area, or pet/feed the goats or dogs.

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