‘Greedy Goats’ Eat Up Wilson Park

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR — The City of Fayetteville is going green and getting rid of greens with goats. Yes, you read correctly — goats, the furry farm animals that are known for eating everything in sight. And that’s exactly why they’re there, to eat (almost) everything. 

The City of Fayetteville has partnered with Greedy Goats of Northwest Arkansas to clear invasive plant species that are taking over parts of Wilson Park. Goats will be at the park eating up poison ivy, honeysuckle, privet and other invasive plant species every day from June 23 through July 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The goats will be in a designated fenced in area, with their owners watching them at all times.

It’s important to keep these invasive plants under control because they can spread rapidly and bring harm to the ecosystem by choking out native plants and reducing the insect and animal habitat that naturally occurs in these areas.

In 2014, volunteers from Fayetteville’s Adopt-A-Park program spent approximately 1,400 hours removing invasive plants from Fayetteville parks. This process is time and labor intensive, so the City is seeking out other ways to get rid of this growing problem. Goats are a much more ecological and efficient alternative compared to the intense removal efforts by volunteers.

Other Fayetteville efforts to address invasive plants include a City Council resolution passed on May 5, 2015, directing City staff to work with a stakeholder group to study the need for a Citywide invasive species policy.

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