30 hungry goats to be released in Saint Paul

*Please note: This media event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 2, at 2 p.m. due to the weather.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 1, 2017

CONTACT: Clare Cloyd
clare.cloyd@ci.stpaul.mn.us
612-760-5074 (c) 

*PHOTO OPPORTUNITY*

30 hungry goats to be released in Saint Paul

SAINT PAUL – On Tuesday, May 2, 30 eager goats will be released along the bluff edge at Indian Mounds Regional Park in Saint Paul to kick off the city’s first-ever effort to reduce the spread of invasive species using goats. Over the next several months, goats will roam inside fenced-in sections of parkland along the Mississippi River in Saint Paul to eat unwanted vegetation – the most environmentally friendly way to enhance the natural habitat. Goats are well-suited for this work because they are easily able to navigate the steep bluff-edge terrain, are light on the land, and enjoy eating brushy, woody vegetation. This effort is led through a partnership between Saint Paul’s Great River Passage team and the Natural Resources Section, which is facilitating an environmentally friendly, multi-year approach to ensure that natural plants are able to flourish along the Mississippi River.

WHEN:       Tuesday, May 2
                     2 p.m.

WHERE:     Indian Mounds Regional Park

                      10 Mounds Boulevard
                      Saint Paul, MN  55106

WHO:          The following people will be available for interviews:

  • Jake Langeslag, Goat Dispatch
  • Adam Robbins and Emily Dunlap, City of Saint Paul Natural Resources                                             

About the Great River Passage
In 2013 the City of Saint Paul developed the Great River Passage Plan, a comprehensive framework for creating vibrancy in the city’s 3,500 acres of parkland along the river. The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department is now implementing the next phase of the Great River Passage – a bold, strategic vision to steward and tap into the potential of the 26 miles of riverfront in Saint Paul. By implementing the plan, the city will create places and activities that strengthen existing connections and create new ones along the Mississippi. Learn more at GreatRiverPassage.org.