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Wausau, Wis.

Balancing Act: Goats, Forests, and Invasive Plant Management

July 11, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

As a forester, how do you write forest management plans that include controlling invasive plant species without the use of chemicals or heavy equipment? Explore the practical and theoretical challenges and opportunities of using goats to control unwanted woody and invasive plants in urban, suburban, and rural locations. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience how and why the City of Wausau is using goats in Barker-Stewart Island Park.


Registration Closed.

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Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Full refunds will be granted if written request is received by Monday, July 8, 2024. No refunds will be granted on or after July 9, 2024.

Workshop Agenda

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The workshop will begin in a classroom on the UWSP at Wausau campus and will end at Barker-Stewart Island Park.  Additional information regarding location, continuing education, parking, etc. will be sent in an email prior to the event.

Seating is not available at the park, so we encourage you to bring a chair. There is no need to walk off-trail, but if you choose, you will be allowed to go into the fenced area where goats will be grazing. Trail conditions can be unpredictable and trail surfaces may be uneven. Dress for the weather, wear sunscreen and bug protection, and bring your water bottle.

Target Audience

​This workshop is designed for foresters and natural resource professionals who work with landowners, organizations, and/or agencies interested in utilizing goats to control invasive weeds; however it is ​​open to all interested participants.

Continuing Education Credit

This workshop has been approved for the following:



Holly Petrillo, Ph.D.

Professor of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Holly Petrillo is a Professor of Forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and co-owner of Liberation Farmers in Almond, Wis. Holly teaches courses, workshops, and trainings related to forest health, entomology, and pathology. Holly’s professional interests are related to disturbance impacts in forests, including insects, diseases, and invasive organisms, and also how climate change impacts forest ecosystems.