Saint Paul’s Eco-Friendly Goats

Goats are roaming the Saint Paul riverfront to help maintain and enhance natural habitat

To care for the parkland near the Mississippi River, the City of Saint Paul is introducing grazing goats to select parks. This initiative is a part of a strategic, multi-year approach to manage invasive species along the river. These goats will help reduce overgrowth by eating unwanted vegetation like buckthorn and garlic mustard.

Invasive plant removal is a part of the City of Saint Paul’s routine park maintenance efforts. Using goat grazing, however, is a new, ecologically sensitive approach for maintaining and enhancing natural habitats. Goats are ideal animals for this work because they can easily navigate steep bluff terrain and are light on the land. They can also eat brushy, woody vegetation and plants that are hazardous to other animals.

Goat Accomplishments 2017

From May- December  2017, 37 goats helped reduce overgrowth in Indian Mounds, Crosby Lake, and Hidden Falls Regional Parks. The grazing served as both the ecological maintenance of 33 acres of land and a passive public program that attracted more than 55,000 people.

The goats will return in the Spring of 2018!

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