It’s Time to Put the Goats on Goat Island – The Lease Has Been Signed!

It’s official! The goats are coming back very soon. Today the Goat Island Committee met with Trinity River Authority representative Kristie Monoz in Trinity to sign a two-year grazing lease, effective on Dec.1st, and officially get the goats back on Goat Island.

Now that the Goat Island Committee, led by Manager, Terry Threlkeld, signed the lease and paid the fee,  they are ready to buy the goats and get them to Groveton High School FFA teacher Larry Thorntonberry who will inspect and worm them. Once he has finished and released the goats, they will ferry them to the island and their new home.

It has been just over a year since there have been goats on the island and the community is ready to see the goats restored. People around Trinity County have memories and stories from years of having the goats so close to us. Goat Island is very popular. Families have camped out on the tiny piece of land nestled in the Trinity River, next to Highway 356 between Sebastopol and Trinity for as long as most folks around here can remember. It has been a favorite spot for boats to stop for years. Trinity County’s kids love to camp and swim around the island.  Losing the goats was like losing a piece of Trinity County’s history.

As soon as the goats are ready to be placed on the island, we will make an announcement and set up a time to celebrate this long-anticipated event.


Goat Island Committee members signing the lease.


Manager ‐ Terry Threlkeld, Assistant Manager ‐ Ron Crone, Trinity River Authority representative Kristie Monoz, and Secretary‐ Jennifer Staples, signing the lease.









About Dr. Sharon Schuetz (224 Articles)
Dr. Sharon Schuetz has a Ph.D. in clinical Christian counseling and has counseled hundreds of families over the past 25 years. In 2013 she and a friend started the website with 26 different authors and millions of visitors until she sold it in 2016. Since then, she has worked in her local county, Trinity, Texas in the Republican Party, Republican Women, the Trinity County Patriots, and is the former editor of the local newspaper, The Trinity Standard. She recently accepted the position of Secretary of the Trinity County Republican Party. Sharon and her husband of 42 years, Michael, pastor the Sebastopol Community Church in Trinity, and have three children and ten grandchildren.

4 Comments on It’s Time to Put the Goats on Goat Island – The Lease Has Been Signed!

  1. You should do more fact checking. It is illegal to camp overnight on goat island. This law was put into effect in July 2001 stopping us from camping on the island. Reason given, the activity disturbed the goats.

  2. Dr. Sharon Schuetz // November 13, 2018 at 1:57 pm //

    Nobody said it was or wasn’t legal. We only stated that it happened.

  3. I hope that the fee(s) charged by the TRA were nominal. What will happen after the two-year lease is up?

  4. Dr. Sharon Schuetz // November 28, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

    It will cost $100 per year. They paid ahead for 2 years.

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