An alternative to mowers and weed whackers to clear stream banks has been tried by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, according to the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.
In northeast Iowa, the experiment involves using goats to clear unwanted vegetation from prairies. Between 60 and 120 goats can be used at one time, with 60 goats eating an average of a fourth of an acre in three to five days. Goats in northeast Iowa have eaten a variety of woody plants, including willow, prickly ash, elderberry and honeysuckle.
From Le Mars Daily Sentinel:
“The goats are an alternative to machines or chemicals and may be less destructive to the environment, according to managers of the project.”
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