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“Chew Crew” keeps busy @ Cazenovia Park

Lets Goat Buffalo’s “Chew Crew” – a goatscaping outfit that helps to curb the proliferation of invasive species throughout Western New York – is currently stationed at Cazenovia Park throughout the weekend.

“Park users are kindly asked to respect the goats and employees of Lets Goat Buffalo. For safety measure, there are two layers of fencing – one in bright orange to mark the overall area that the goats would be grazing, and an inner fencing that is an electric fence where the goats are confined to. Please do not attempt to go over any fencing. Dog owners are reminded that their pets must be on a leash, and to maintain a safe distance from the goats.” – Let’s Goat Buffalo

Goatscaping not only works extremely well as it eradicates invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed, Buckthorn, and Phragmites, it’s also a much quieter and more peaceful solution, when compared to noisy and smelly weed-whackers and lawn mowers. Goats are also able to access places that machines cannot navigate. Utilizing goat power is akin to getting back to the environmentally balanced basics.

Other Invasive Special Month activities are as follows:

Throughout the month of June, Cocktails for a Cause, at The Terrace at Delaware Park, featuring the FLOmingo Dancer. $4 from every cocktail sold benefits BOPC throughout the month of June.

Sunday, July 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at MLK Jr. Park: Floral Papermaking Workshop with Artist with Janna Willoughby-Lohr of PaperCraft Miracles, in partnership with East Side Garden Walk (FREE).

Saturdays, June 29, August 31 and September 28, 10:00 am – Noon, Invasive Species Walks and Talks with Kristie Munson, Workforce Development and Education Manager (FREE). Presented by M&T Bank.

All year round, volunteer to be part of the Invasive Species Eradication Taskforce!

This latest goatscaping effort is in tandem with Invasive Species Month, presented by Moog. Invasive species walking tours are supported by M&T Bank, and goat security is provided by National Fuel.

“Invasive Species Management is a long-term, sustained effort that requires consistent work,” says Catie Stephenson, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s Executive Director. “Many hands make this initiative possible, including our passionate staff and volunteers, and a dedicated invasive species coordinator funded by the Environmental Justice Corps AmeriCorps Program at The Service Collaborative. Support from partners like Moog, M&T, and National Fuel greatly enhance our progress in invasive species management!”

“Moog is delighted to support the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Invasive Species Month; we understand how the world’s changing climate is impacting the natural world and biodiversity with invasive species being of particular concern” said Hamish Ferguson, Director of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability at Moog. “Moog has set goals to reduce our environmental impact by reducing our carbon emissions and we are delighted to support Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy with this important work through funding and volunteering.”

Learn more about the programs and updates can be found at BOPC’s website at www.bfloparks.org/june.

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