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Using Goats for Habitat Restoration on Public Lands with Hilary Boyd

Humans have been working with goats for thousands of years. Now land managers and others are learning how to use goats to help restore and protect wildlife habitats. Goats eat noxious weeds, till and aerate the soil as they work, add organic fertilizer, reduce hazardous fuels, and much more. Learn how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is using goats to increase plant diversity at Sutey Ranch, reduce noxious weeds after the Lake Christine Fire, and improve a variety of conditions for wildlife and livestock in other parts of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Hilary Boyd is a Wildlife Biologist with the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Valley Field Office. Hilary Boyd has been a wildlife biologist at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office for over seven years and a resident of the area for over 15 years. She enjoys planning habitat projects that benefit greater sage-grouse, mule deer and elk, and other wildlife species. She has worked as a BLM fire ecologist, habitat specialist for the Arizona Game & Fish Dept., and seasonal for the NPS, USFS, and USFWS. Some of her best adventures are from her time managing grizzlies and humans in Katmai and Denali national parks and working in more remote parts of Alaska. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in wildlife biology from CSU and the Univ. of Arizona, respectively.

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Each winter, ACES partners with Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Audubon to co-host the popular Naturalist Nights speaker series, bringing a great line-up of experts to explore topics of the natural world with our community.

This lecture was live streamed at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, CO on February 23, 2022.

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