Successful Herding off the Mountain
The 2015 season of the Goats on Roan Mountain came to a close September, 2nd. The photo above shows Todd leading the goats along a stretch of trail near Engine Gap on Roan Mountain. An hour later, all goats and their two watch dogs were safely inside the trailer that would transport them back to their winter home in Shady Valley, TN. More photos to come!
Photos from the June herding as well as links to other years' herdings are near the bottom of this page.
Baatany Project's Botany Project
The past seven years of the Baatany Project has first and foremost been an attempt to restore Grassy Bald and Alder Bald on Roan's western balds using goats as an experimental management tool. The first scientific publication from this project, with Jamey Donaldson as lead author has been published in the Southeastern Naturalist. The full article is available for download here.
Please see our SCIENCE page for full citation listing.
Jamey has produced a couple videos to have viewers get to know goat #170. This goat is the oldest male who was on Roan in 2015, and the only goat who has been on the mountain all 8 years of the Project. Jamey actually does most of the talking ;-), but he does a great job introducing this fine goat! (If the videos below are not viewable, you should be able to view it here).
Videographer Lesley Platek of LIFEfilms has made a delightful video highlighting what goes on during a herding up the mountain, and highlights the many volunteers who come to help. (If the video below is not viewable, you should be able to view it here).