PHOTOS | On to greener pastures: Moraga Ave. closed as goats cross from Corporation Yard to Blair Park

Martin Mattarese, the goat keeper, oversees the goatherd and the Monday am migration from Coaches side of Moraga to Blair Park

The journey from the hillside behind Coaches Playfield across Moraga Ave. began at the crack of dawn on Monday morning. Martin Mattarese, the goat keeper, and a team of helpers, including several dogs kept the goats moving along to Blair Park’s greener pastures — into the area designated for them to continue their work of clearing the dry brush, aka eating.

Mattarese who is overseeing the operation with Piedmont Fire Chief Bret Black, had worked for Oakland Parks and Rec, but got into the goat tending business after the Oakland hills fire when he helped create fire abatement programs.

Mattarese will be speaking at 1 p.m. today at Blair Park where the goats arrived from across the street, where they had been “mowing” through vegetation at Corporation Yard.

The goats work/eat at their own pace and they are supposed to be at Blair Park until Friday — unless they finish working/eating sooner.

Learn more about the program and the goats from Mattarese today at 1 p.m. at Blair park.


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