Question about goats in public parks

From: Jessel, Tanner Monroe
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:50 PM
To: dbrace at
Subject: Question about goats in public parks

Hi David,

We’ve met from work on the Greenways Commission.

My community (Parkridge) is working on another Challenge Grant proposal similar to the one that funded the First Creek Greenway Underpass Mural Project which you helped us out on with prep work / pressure washing.

The group wants to try for another Parks and Rec Challenge grant this year.

I pitched the idea of clearing out invasives to replace with native plants at Parkridge Community Park.

From some news articles and the MPC ordinance change back in May 2010, I figured it would be fine to propose money be raised to hire goats to clear privet and other invasives.

But one line in a news article I read concerned me:

" the ordinance gives the city sole authority to use goats for kudzu control."

What do you think about this scenario – would it be acceptable for a community organization to raise funds for goat work on city property? Technically the funds would come from the city (via the challenge grant), but only after the project was complete.

If you do think it’s acceptable for a community organization to fund goat work it might be helpful to have a letter of support to submit with our proposal to make it clear to Parks and Rec department that Public Works is on board with goats as a viable option for invasives removal on Parks and Rec property.





About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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