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Olmsted’s South Park Welcomes a Chew Crew

By September 12, 2019October 1st, 2019No Comments


Let’s Goat Buffalo and Olmsted Conservancy collaborate on goatscaping project

September 12, 2019


Jennifer Zeitler, Let’s Goat Buffalo

Catie Stephenson, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy


The South Park bog garden welcomes a herd of goats to eat invasive phragmites (cattails) as a test project on the effectiveness of goatscaping. The goats will be in South Park for approx. 10 days to clear a prolific stand of phragmites which exists just north of the Botanical Gardens complex; south of the golf shop.


South Park (Located behind the 9th Hole Green. Use the Botanical Gardens Parking Lot)


Friday, September 13, 10:00am


 About the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation, through a unique public-private partnership, to manage and operate an entire urban park system consisting of more than 850 acres of beautifully designed historic parks, parkways and circles. The Conservancy is an independent not-for-profit, community organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance, and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater Buffalo area for current and future generations.  Since 2004 the Conservancy has held responsibility for the management and care of these nationally registered historic green spaces, and in 2019 the Conservancy and City signed a new 12-year partnership agreement with an approved update to its five-year plan for the Olmsted parks in continuing to assist the City in bringing recognition to its collective renaissance. Designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted more than 150 years ago, these 25 iconic connective spaces represent the nation’s first urban park system. More than 2.5 million visits occur in Buffalo’s Olmsted Park system annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation. Most recently, the American Planning Association recognized Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America, The Guardian publication named Buffalo’s Olmsted park system as one of the best park systems in the world, and in 2018 the Conservancy set a Guinness World Record in historic Bidwell Parkway.

The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:

Six parks: Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside, and South parks

Seven parkways: Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket, and Richmond

Eight landscaped traffic circles: Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers, and Symphony

About Let’s Goat Buffalo 

“The term “goatscaping” defines the use of grazing goats to manage vegetation growth in an environmentally sound manner. Let’s Goat Buffalo offers land clearing services within suburban and urban environments. Whether it’s a small plot that needs to be rid of troublesome poison ivy, a commercial property that has become overgrown and high-risk, or a park that has become less accessible to the public, our herd is prepared to help without the use of harsh chemicals or heavy equipment.”