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Prescribed burn set in Arastradero Preserve

Original post made on May 31, 2013

Firefighters set a controlled burn at the Arastradero Preserve May 30 to help eradicate invasive plant species and get rid of wild grasses that could fuel wildfires. Photo by Veronica Weber

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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

Congratulation on a successful burn to benefit the natural regime at the preserve.

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Posted by Norman Beamer
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I would guess that the carbon dioxide emitted by these burns more than cancels out the illusory benefit resulting from the many regulations that the city counsel has enacted that are supposed to fight global warming.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

the primary purpose of prescribed burns is to avoid uncontrolled wildfires. Trust me, you really do not want that to happen in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Norman Beamer
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Maybe it's the only way to fight wildfires, but I'm still wondering how much carbon load it entails.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2013 at 6:31 am

Why not use a herd of goats to eradicate the weeds, as Menlo Park does in the hills? The goat herding crew puts up temporary fences to pen an area, and when an area is cleared by the goats, moves the fences to an adjacent area. There are traditional livestock guardian dogs (Pyrenees, Maremma, etc.) to protect the goats from predators. In Menlo Park (up in Sharon Heights) children and parents come to watch and learn.

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