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Ward 3 News: Goat Grazing Pilot

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The City of Calgary is committed to controlling pests and weeds in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and when possible, biological (natural insect predators) and mechanical (mowing, water, fertilizing) control methods are used.

In alignment with Council direction to explore alternatives to conventional weed control measures, Calgary Parks is planning a pilot project this spring using grazing goats in two parks.  A herd of approximately 100 goats will be dispatched to control weeds, including Canada thistle in Confluence (West Nose Creek) Park and possibly at a second location in a nearby green space within the Nose Creek valley, north of Country Hills Boulevard N.E.  This WILL NOT impact the current fenced in off-leash area in Confluence Park.

The parks were selected because they are assigned a unique land designation that permits grazing activity. Both parks are owned by The City, and have steep slopes and water bodies nearby, where the use of grazing could be particularly effective, as these areas are more challenging for conventional weed control methods.

The goat herd will be managed by a professional shepherd and trained dog(s) and will be on site for approximately one week.  Targeted grazing is a land management practice that has been successful in several other North American cities and Calgary Parks is interested in finding out if this tool is a good fit for Calgary.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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