I brought my undergraduate Landscape Restoration class to "my" preserve yesterday for a field trip to review ecological restoration strategies in our woodlands and native grasslands. We walked the trails to observe how our land managers cope with invasive plants and lack of tree regeneration attributable to abundant white-tailed deer.
|Stewardship Assistant Chris briefing the students about techniques for establishing native warm-season grasses|
The stewardship staff has begun preparing an area for the goats to clear once spring arrives. The staff members have to use a string-trimmer fitted with a cutting blade to clear a perimeter so that they can install the goat's electrified field fence. Once they are back in the field in a few weeks, the goats will be happy.
Meanwhile, the goats crave and enjoy human attention, and the students were happy to oblige.