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Julie Larsen-Maher

Prospect Park Goats

In 2016 and 2017, Prospect Park Alliance brought a herd of goats to Prosepct Park as part of its woodland restoration efforts in the Vale of Cashmere in the Park's Northeast Corner and Lookout Hill. 

Throughout the Park, storms like Hurricane Sandy have felled or damaged over 500 trees, enabling invasive plants to thrive and further harm the natural ecosystem. The goats were tasked with eating the invasive weeds that have overtaken these areas, so that the Alliance can plant new native trees and plants to beautify the landscape and bolster natural habitat for birds and other wildlife, ensuring the Park is more resilient against future storms. 

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