The Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department will be coordinating the annual Fuel Reduction Program using sheep starting this week. This project is made possible through the collaborated efforts of the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of State Lands, the Washoe Tribe and Carson Community Council and private property owners.
This year, there will be two bands (groups) of sheep grazing in Carson City. The first band will enter Carson City on the north end of town near Timberline and behind Western Nevada College starting Saturday, April 11. The second band will be grazing the area behind Greenhouse Garden Center starting Monday, April 13. The sheep will be grazing in Carson City through May 31, 2020.
The Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department encourages the public to go out and enjoy the sheep, but please keep dogs at home or on a leash as there are guard dogs accompanying the sheep. There will be temporary signage placed at trailheads where sheep are currently grazing to alert users of their presence and to help avoid conflicts with dogs: the sheep will only graze a specific area for 3-4 days. Additionally, remember to maintain distance from the sheep and avoid loud noises or running while observing them, and lastly please maintain proper social distancing protocols while visiting. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.
For more information on the project, or to report a wayward sheep, please contact the Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department at 775-887-2262.
Contact: Lyndsey Boyer, Senior Natural Resource Specialist
Phone: (775) 887-2262