Targeted Grazing to Begin August 20

The City of Fernie, through our Invasive Plant Management Plan, will be piloting the use of targeted grazing in sensitive areas to remove invasive and noxious weeds.

The goats will be used on City-owned land near Railway Dog Park through the week of August 20-27, 2019. The goats will be accompanied by a shepherd who will guide the goats to areas that need grazing and will be in a portable pen while grazing. During this time, the Railway Dog Park will remain open as the goats will grazing adjacent to the dog park. 

If this pilot project is successful, the City may work with the Contractor to use the goats in other sensitive areas throughout the City to target weed-filled areas.  

Targeted grazing helps encourage biodiversity, the growth of native vegetation and enhanced health in sensitive areas.  By utilizing goats, we hope to achieve healthier parks and public spaces.

Why Targeted Grazing?

Targeted grazing has proven to be an effective land management tool in other municipalities and is an environmentally friendly option for controlling weeds in the community.  

Who Will Guide the Goats?

The goats will be guided by a shepherd who is trained to direct and control the goats.

Why Treat Invasive and Noxious Weeds?

Invasive and noxious weeds pose a potential risk to people, animals and ecosystems.  These weeds can quickly spread causing negative economic, social, and environmental impacts.  It is the City’s commitment to ensure that our public places are safe and sustainable for long-term use and enjoyment and our significant investments are protected.

Under the Province of British Columbia's Weed Control Act, the City is responsible to treat and prevent noxious and invasive weeds within City limits.   

Province of British Columbia Weed Control Act