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It won’t be long and your Christmas trees will be shriveling. Luckily, the goats are hungry.
City of Faribault residents can now drop off their Christmas trees in the northwest corner of the White Sands Dog Park parking lot. Every week, staff from Faribault-based Goat Dispatch will bring a trailer, load up the trees and bring them back to their farm, where their goats can feast.
Goat Dispatch specializes in land management, specifically using goats to remove invasive and pest-plant species. During the winter, the owners use Christmas trees and wreaths as a winter treat for their goat herd.
Feeding the trees to the goats keeps the trees out of the landfill, puts them to good use as browse for the goats during the plant-free months and uses the goats’ natural digestive processes to “recycle” the trees.
Trees and wreaths need to be free of ornaments, metal, stands and cannot be flocked.
If other community members also have use for the trees, they’re free to grab from the pile.
The White Sands Dog Park, located at 900 Lyndale Ave. N., is owned by the City of Faribault and boasts 8.3 acres of land for dogs to run around, leash-free. Additionally, the park has a ¼-mile woodchip trail, multiple benches and, during the summer, a large pond for your dog to swim in.
Park hours are from sunrise to 11 p.m. For more information about the tree drop, or the dog park, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 507-334-2064.