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Posted on: February 26, 2018

Goat Vegetation Management Pilot Project Rescheduled

View the video of our Sequim Vege-lantes pilot project conducted February 28 to March 1.

The City of Sequim pilot project to test the use of goats to manage vegetation on City property, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1, weather permitting. The pilot project will take place on property adjacent to the City Shop, on Second Avenue just south of Hemlock Street. The public is welcome to view the operation from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, but is advised to be prepared for muddy conditions and to dress appropriately for winter weather.

The City will use two goats, nicknamed the “Vege-lantes,” to pilot the program and to learn how much vegetation can be consumed in a confined area within a designated time period. This information will be used to potentially develop a long-term program utilizing goats to help manage the vegetation around City storm water basins. The basins have steep slopes and are difficult for staff to navigate.

The pilot program is a part of the City’s participation in the Innovation Academy through the Alliance for Innovation. The nine month program includes instruction on how to develop innovative thinking with an organization and requires the development and testing of a program that embodies creative problem solving and delivery. Sequim’s ten member team will present their project at the Transforming Local Government Conference in Tacoma on April 6.

Please contact the Public Works Department at (360) 683-4908 with questions.
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