Goats Munch Away at Invasive Plant in Maryland

They're part of a new green mitigation initiative

By Natalie Lopez
|  Thursday, May 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:39 AM EDT
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Goats Munch Away at Invasive Plant in Md.

Sebastian Montes, MontgomeryVillage.Patch.com

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The goats have arrived in Prince George’s County, and they’re already hard at work, munching away an invasive plant species called chocolate vine. Sounds mighty tasty.

The new four-footed residents are part of a new initiative at the Brooke Lane Forest Mitigation Site in Upper Marlboro, Md., clearing the unwanted vegetation in an environmentally friendly way.

Goats have proven to be a "green" way of clearing land, because they can graze on dense, unruly vegetation in areas where mechanical methods and chemical methods fail.

On average, goats can clear a quarter of an acre per day, per herd. The goats are working in herds of 25 to 30 and are expected to be on-site for approximately a week.

A portable electric fence has been installed to contain the goats, and they'll receive 24-hour supervision while they're on the job.

This practice has been used successfully in other areas of the state, as well as throughout the country.

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