Department of the Interior

Reduce, Refine, Replace Mowing (The Mowing 3 Rs)

Challenge each agency to reexamine all areas currently being mowed and attempt to cut in half that wasteful activity. This will save on labor, equipment, fuel and maintenance costs while reducing air pollution and waste heat. Look for areas that can be mowed just once per year, perhaps at the end of the growing season and mulch the material in place to build up the soil and reduce transportation and landfill costs. Replace mowing with planted forests suitable to the region or employ goats or sheep or other grazers to control vegetation. A comprehensive plan to reduce, refine and replace mowing across the federal government has the potential to save millions of dollars annually an dwill be fiscally and environmentally sustainable.

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Idea No. 84