Goats are back again this year to assist with vegetation management at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park and Lake Elmo Park Reserve and residents are invited to learn about their tasks during tours.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, through a partnership with South Washington Watershed District (SWWD) garlic mustard and common buckthorn are being targeted in areas where oak savanna restoration efforts are underway. The goats are being brought in by Diversity Landworks LLC and are targeting Garlic mustard from May through July 1, and common buckthorn until Sept. 1.
At Lake Elmo Park Reserve, goats are being used to browse common buckthorn and honeysuckle re-sprouts in oak savanna restoration areas funded through a Metropolitan Conservation Partners Legacy Grant and cropland leases. The goats are being brought in by Goat Dispatch LLC and will be in the park from through Sept. 15 and again for a winter dormant graze.
One-hour field tours at Lake Elmo Park Reserve are being hosted at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Sign up on the park website; the program is capped at 23 people. The program is free with purchase of vehicle permit.
For those only interested in viewing the goats, visit the park website with the most up to date location at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park and Lake Elmo Regional Park.