The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club in partnership with Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust welcomed goats to the City of Mequon’s Rotary Park to help with the management of invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle!
Fenced in by electric mesh fencing, the goats will browse away on invasive brush, completely defoliating these invasive, unwanted plants and giving native trees and plants a chance to recolonize. Repeat grazing will exhaust the target plants energy reserves and eventually kill them. How long it takes depends on the strength of the individual plants. Multiple years of grazing are required to reach desired results, as with other control options.
Goats are a feasible management option for reclaiming land overrun by invasive brush without using chemicals or fossil fuels, and by reducing physical labor needs! The timing, intensity, frequency, duration and targeting of grazing to invasive brush is key to controlling them and to avoid negative impacts to sensitive natural areas, just as with other control tools.