Harvey, Robert M.
Roan Mountain is located in Carter County, Tennessee, and Mitchell County, North Carolina, with the crest of the mountain forming a portion of the boundary between the two states. The mountain consists of several peaks, including Roan High Knob, Jane Bald, Round Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald. The top of some of the peaks, particulary the "balds," are covered by meadows largely devoid of trees. Prior to the acquisition of the upper elevations of Roan Mountain--the so-called "highlands of the Roan"--by the U. S. National Forest Service, livestock grazing on the "balds" helped maintain the meadows in their treeless state. Since that time the growth of evergreen trees, hawthorns, and blackberries has changed the appearance of the meadows. In 1992 the Toecane Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest attempted to check the growth of those plant species by grazing alpine and angora goats on Round Bald.
Robert M. Harvey produced the video "Up with Goats," documenting the use of angora and alipine goats to control unwanted plant species on the Round Ball of Roan Mountain.
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The video tape recording "Up with Goats," produced by Robert M. Harvey in 1992 and 1993, documents the efforts of the Toecane Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest to control unwanted plant species on the Round Bald of Roan Mountain during the period May-September 1992. Angora and alpine goats were confined in specific areas on Round Bald by using moveable solar-powered electric fences.