Saint Paul is using an innovative approach to control the spread of invasive species: goats. During the summer and fall of 2017, the goats will roam inside fenced-in areas along the Mississippi River and eat unwanted plants 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. This is a part of the City’s Great River Passage initiative.
Read more about the initiative in this MPR News article.