Monthly Archives: February 2015

Goats in the forest: A different kind of land management

By Caitlin Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin The Riveredge Nature Center in Ozaukee County wanted to try a different approach to land management. A goat approach. Using a local company, Riveredge hired 32 hungry goats (and their herder) to remove dense undergrowth vegetation and eat invasive plants, such as autumn olive and buckthorn, on the nearly 400 acres of forest and prairies in southeastern Wisconsin. The project was supported by a $1,000 grant from...

Dispatches from Belize

Foundation Executive Director Ruth Oppedahl and a group of Foundation members traveled to Belize. Together they explored birding hotspots, learned about community-based conservation efforts in Belize, and ventured into the country’s myriad habitats, including wetlands, Caribbean cayes, primary rainforest, and pine savanna. Below Ruth shares her observations from the adventure. Day 1 – Belize Floating down the river near Pook’s Hill Lodge, giant philodendrons vines hang over me like a beaded curtain. We are in...