The goats grazed on noxious weeds at Fernie’s Railyard Dog Park from July 23 until July 28. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Goats target graze weeds in Fernie’s Railyard Dog Park

The goats were used by the City of Fernie as a natural alternative to herbicide

As part of the City of Fernie’s invasive plant strategy, target goat grazing was implemented in the Railyard Dog Park from July 23 until July 28.

Used to control noxious weeds, the goats stripped plant leaves and flowers, reducing the weed’s ability to photosynthesize and stressing them to the point of dying. As part of an integrated approach, the goats will be used in conjunction with mowing, herbicides, and hand pulling.

For more information on what local land owners can do to control the spread of invasive plants, visit Ekisc.com. To learn about the city’s Invasive Plant Management Plan, head to Fernie.ca.



reporter@thefreepress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The goats grazed on noxious weeds at Fernie’s Railyard Dog Park from July 23 until July 28. Photos Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

The goats grazed on noxious weeds at Fernie’s Railyard Dog Park from July 23 until July 28. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

The goats were subcontracted from Kimberley’s Vahanna Nature Rehabilitation, an organization providing vegetation control and target grazing. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: Editor bids farewell

Editor Paige Mueller will be leaving The Free Press team at the end of July

Aislinn Dressler competes in 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase

Dressler was a finalist at the showcase, exhibiting her energy efficient fridge design

Stories decorate city pathways for new reading initiative

The Fernie Women’s Resource Centre began the initiative in support of the local early years community

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

On this B.C. Day long weekend, put your knowledge of our province to the test

Metal detector rings true for Cranbrook couple

A Cranbrook couple went looking for a missing ring after reading a plea on Facebook

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Most Read