Welcome to the Baatany Project
The purpose of the volunteer-based Baatany Goat Project is to restore Grassy Bald corridors on Roan Mountain's western balds using goats as an experimental management tool. Roan's Grassy Balds are important habitats for many rare and endemic species such as Gray's Lily as well as species at or near the southern ends of their ranges. The western balds are thought to be naturally occurring, predating European settlement. These ecosystems have declined in quality and quantity, and the Project's thesis is that use of grazing animals such as goats, will restore the plant diversity and growth on these balds. Please see our SCIENCE page for information on the results of the past 5 years of goat grazing.
Objectives and Methods
Goats selectively browse invading woody plants. Canada Blackberry is a primary invasive, and one of the plants the goats especially love to eat. These goats are an Angora breed, raised for fiber rather than meat. They are also more tolerant of the high elevation conditions (5700-6100ft) found on Roan Mountain.you can meet here on this website. We invite you to read about each goat, meet the Great Pyrenees who are their watchdogs, meet the people who are part of this effort, and learn about the science behind this project.
This project is completely volunteer based ... funded completely by donations and grants. Please see our DONATIONS page if you are interested in adopting a goat or a dog for the summer, buying some Roan Mountain Goat Yarn for your next knitting project, or purchasing a children's book which was written to tell about the adventures of one of our goats while she was here on Roan Mountain. We also eagerly accept help with transporting supplies up the mountain to where the goats spend their summers. Other ways to help include goat sitting and assistance with herding the goats. We would be grateful for any and all support!
How to find the goats
We invite you to come meet the goats in person if you are anywhere near Roan Mountain in the summer months. They can be found grazing in movable paddocks, along the Appalachian Trail, just northbound from Carver's Gap, between Jane Bald and the turn off for the trail to Grassy Ridge Bald. They are on the mountain from mid-June to mid-September.
The map below shows the location of Jane Bald and the turn off for Grassy Ridge Trail along the Appalachian Trail. The goats are located between these two locations. The trail from the parking area at Carver's Gap is clear and easy to follow the entire way. The distance to the turn off to Grassy Ridge is just under 2 miles, with a 400 foot elevation gain. Click the map below for a larger image.