This month we share the successful land regeneration work of Goat Green, a contract grazing company that using planned grazing and 1,500 goats to restore ecological health to lands where oil wells and pipelines once operated.
For several years, Chevron had tried to reclaim former industrial sites through repeated applications of herbicides and planted grasses. After several costly but failed attempts, they turned to Goat Green and a herd of goats to eat weeds, restore native vegetation and stabilize soil health.
The goats, enclosed in 1-acre paddocks with portable electric fencing and moved up to 20 times per day, were a surprising success. Over a 10 year period that followed the initial pilot, Goat Green grazed nearly a million acres in Wyoming and Colorado for Chevron.
To read more of this profile, please click here.
The Profiles in Land and Management Series by guest contributor Kevin Watt features the work of innovative ranchers and land managers who are achieving economic and ecological benefits on working lands. Kevin served as the TomKat Ranch Land & Livestock Manager until 2017 and now works on research, outreach and special projects for the ranch.
Job: Technician/PhD student – study on nonlethal tools to reduce large carnivore predation on livestock in western states of the US
By Alex Few |
By Jessica Crowder |
Join WLA to stay up to date on the most important news and policy for land stewards.
Become a member for free today and we will send you the news and policy developments critical to the economic and ecological health of working lands.
WLA works on behalf of landowners and practitioners throughout the West. We will never share your contact information with anyone.