Goats are back this year to assist with vegetation management at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and residents are invited to learn about their tasks during tours.
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:
• Tuesday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
• Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.;
• Wednesday, Aug. 26, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
• Wednesday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
• Thursday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and
• Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All groups meet at the Eagle Point Trailhead.
Sign up on the Washington County Parks web page www.co.washington.mn.us by searching “goat grazing tours;” the program is capped at 23 people. The program is free with purchase of vehicle permit. For those only interested in viewing the goats, see the park website at www.co.washington.mn.us/502/Lake-Elmo-Park-Reserve