Europe Realizes its Shepherds and Ranchers Are Key in Preventing Wildfires
European shepherds and ranchers are taking the lead in forest fire prevention. By leading their animals to clear away pervasive underbrush that allows fires to grow too big, they can slow the spread of fires in the countryside. Herbivores are the key to clearing the brush by letting them eat the dry areas of land. In 2016 the Fire Flocks Project started by figuring out where the fires most often started and became the fiercest, before creating a line of premium brand meat and dairy products produced by 22 shepherds, half of them new to the job, who graze sheep, goats, and bovines in 600 fire-prone areas.