2021 Prescribed Grazing

Last Updated: 09/27/2021
Goats grazing on invasive species.
Goats grazing on invasive species.


The goats have completed their second round of grazing and are done for the year. They will return in 2022!


This spring and fall the City of Madison Parks Division will conduct prescribed grazing trials to manage invasive species and promote the establishment of native vegetation. This prescribed grazing will include the use of goats, confined to specific targeted areas, to manage and suppress invasive vegetation. Grazing is an important management tool for natural areas, and a key component of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. Advantages to grazing include reducing the need for chemical control methods, minimizing erosion risks, and improved access to difficult terrain.

Grazing will occur after comprehensive planning and under conditions which are conducive to a safe and manageable operation. Periods of grazing will occur in the spring and again in the fall of 2021, with exact timing to depend on weather conditions, analysis of existing vegetation, and management goals.

Additional Information


 Conservation Sites

Please contact Paul Quinlan at (608) 267-4918

  • Acewood Conservation Park 
  • Knollwood Conservation Park
  • Owen Conservation Park
  • Turville Point Conservation Park


Park Sites

Please contact Sarah Close at (608) 263-6850

  • Greenside Park