Restoring Public Land in the North Side with Allegheny GoatScape
CLIP Grant funds invasive plant removal in Perry Hilltop

After years of illegal dumping and invasive plant growth, public land in Perry Hilltop will get a makeover.

The Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) awarded over $9.5K to Allegheny GoatScape to restore public land in Perry Hilltop through the Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Program.


Allegheny GoatScape Executive Director Gavin Deming accepts a Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Grant from ACCD Watershed Specialist Amy Miller.
This grant from ACCD will ensure that the longest stretch of contiguous wooded area along Trimbur Road can be cleaned from many years unaddressed invasive plant growth and illegal dumping.

“We are so excited to receive this gift from ACCD,” Allegheny Goatscape Executive Director Gavin Deming said. “Our goats will be able to complement work that has already been done to improve this natural space in the North Side.”

A potential second phase will include additional trail improvements and tree plantings with Landforce.


Public wooded land along Trimbur Road will undergo invasive species removal.
What's so bad about invasive plants?
Invasive plants spread quickly and aggressively, harming the natural ecosystem and even human health. These non-native plants can overtake an area, degrading water quality, increasing soil erosion, impacting wildlife habitat and often reducing the land’s recreational use.

Here's where the goats come in.
According to Allegheny GoatScape, because of the goats’ insatiable eating habits and ability to eat a wide variety of vegetation, the animals are able to defoliate vegetation in designated areas at an efficient rate, reducing or eliminating the need for herbicides and significant human management.

This targeted practice removes and weakens the present vegetation, allowing land caretakers to continue to more easily and efficiently manage the land.