Using Goats to Control Invasive Plants: A Demonstration

April 21, 2024 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Contact: Georgia Peterson

Join experts from the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy, Michigan Forest Association, and Michigan State University Extension as they demonstrate how livestock (in this case, goats) can be used to control exotic invasive shrubs in natural areas. The field tour will begin at the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy main parking lot at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, for an introduction on the current issues related to well-established invasive nonnative shrubs, followed by a presentation on the benefits and limitations of using goats to control them. Participants can then take a guided walk to the field site where the goats will be actively grazing. 

Featured speakers:
Drew Monks, Director of Wildlife Programs, Bengel Wildlife Center
Jared Harmon, Executive Director, Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy

This event will take place rain or shine, so be sure to check the weather conditions beforehand and wear appropriate outdoor gear.