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Join us in welcoming the goats ba-a-a-a-a-ack to Red Deer

September 24, 2019 9:04 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deerians are invited to meet the goats and chat with City staff about weed control and the management of ecologically sensitive areas in parks and green spaces within the city. The goats’ herder, from BAAH’D Plant Management & Reclamation, will be on site as well to answer any questions about the goats and their work.

“The goats are weed eating machines,” said Ken Lehman, Ecological Services Operations Coordinator for The City. “They are trained to eat the target weed species and, with the aid of herders and working dogs, leave other native vegetation alone. Using the goats to manage weeds helps us achieve our goal set out in the Environmental Master Plan to reduce the amount of pesticides used to manage our landscapes.”

On September 29 the goats will be on site for less than 24 hours browsing their way across the one-acre parcel. The goats are ideal to work in the Piper Creek area because of the ecologically sensitive and challenging terrain. There are areas that people and machines can’t safely reach; however, the goats can climb the steep slopes and cross unstable ground swiftly and safely.

This is the final year of a three-year pilot project using the goats at Piper Creek Gardens. Over the last two years, we have seen good reduction of Canada Thistle in the area. The goats work quickly to defoliate the weeds in order to allow room for healthy growth of other native grasses and plants.

Date:               Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time:              9:30am – 12:00pm

Where:            Piper Creek Gardens (1709 40 Avenue – south of the landfill)

Children are welcome to pet the goats. To keep the goats safe and comfortable it is requested that pets be kept on a leash, or left at home.

For more information about The City’s weed management strategies visit www.reddeer.ca/weeds

For more information, please contact:

Ken Lehman
Ecological Services Operations Coordinator
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8234

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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