The goats are back!
The goats are back to their old stomping grounds.
Goats will be grazing on invasive vines and knotweed in West Penn Park beginning Friday, July 29. The grazing is expected to last three weeks. Once the area is clear, student volunteers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh will continue to clear woodier vegetation from the site to prep it for tree planting.
Tree Pittsburgh first brought goats to this site in July of 2014 as part of a pilot project to clear hillsides for restoration. The goats will graze on a new section of West Penn Park visible from Brereton Street in Polish Hill.
Pittsburgh City Council in March voted unanimously to bring the goats to sections of Highland, Emerald View and West Penn Park. Tree Pittsburgh is contracting the herd of 11 goats and their protector donkey Hobo from Steel City Grazers, through a grant from the Allegheny County Conservation District.
The goats will make their way to Highland Park and Emerald View later this summer.