Great Allegheny Passage, Homestead
Team Diamond (named for the mini donkey in the herd) has been eating up the bank of the Monongahela River since May of this year! They began under the Homestead Grays Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage trail moving east in Homestead. Once they reached Eat N’ Park they moved down to the Waterfront Apartments where they have continued to eat away at the unwanted vegetation, and allowing us to see the river! They will be there until there is nothing else as the fall season turns cold. The Waterfront Association has been a great partner in this year-long project.
Whenever you happen to be walking, running or biking by, make sure to say hello!
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Team Hobo began the 2018 eating season at beautiful Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, part of St. Vincent College, in Latrobe. They ate up the first poison ivy, honeysuckle and bramble to show along paths in this picturesque space. The herd’s charge was to clear the way so that natural outdoor spaces for learning, gathering and playing could take shape in this wonderful space.
South Side Park
Team Hobo came to South Side Park again in 2018 thanks to the Hilltop Alliance and Friends of South Side Park. Allegheny County Conservation District generously provided a grant through their Conservation Leadership and Innovation Program (CLIP) to Hilltop Alliance to make this happen. The herd worked their way through wild grape vines and porcelain berry that have enveloped an area of the park known to neighbors as Jurassic Valley.
The herd was also a focal point for the 2nd Annual GoatFest in July, bringing nearly 5,600 people to enjoy this unique natural asset tucked away in Pittsburgh’s South Side Slopes.