Every April, the shores of Lake St. Clair erupt in flames as large fields of phragmites are burned to clear away last years fibre. The problem with this control method is that this burn erodes the foundation of the lakeshore bank as woody biomass and fibre from these fields is sent up in smoke, this decreases the lakeshore's ability to withstand and absorb flood events year after year.
Goats are low impact and can get right up to the water's edge where a heavy mower would normally get stuck. Goats eat, process and trample vegetation near the lake shore, clearing space for saltation to occur inland from the lake, thus enabling the creation of sand dunes. Goats ability to clear thick brush, especially invasive weeds like phagmites and japanese knotweed improve the biodiversity and competition of surrounding plant life while adding nutrients and carbon to the soil.
Goats will get into the thickest brush, eliminating deer tick habitat and making recreational areas much more accessible and pleasant for people to enjoy. Eliminate the need for loud equipment and poisonous chemicals in your conservation area. Call BC Timber Goats and we can help you establish a conservation based goat browsing program for your recreational area!