St. Paul to Unleash Goats on Invasive Plants

St. Paul to Unleash Goats on Invasive Plants Photo: Wikimedia Commons

April 29, 2017 06:55 PM

St. Paul has turned to a goat rental company to help get rid of invasive plants along the Mississippi River.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that St. Paul will deploy 30 goats from Goat Dispatch to clean up fenced areas of parkland. They are scheduled to make their debut Monday at Indian Mounds Regional park and are expected to spend several months grazing in the area.

The company says goats are particularly suited to improving parkland because they prefer broadleaf plants and leave grass alone.

The city's initial announcement didn't address costs.

Other parks in nearby areas have used sheep and goats before to deal with unwanted plants.

Land improvement is part of the city's 2013 Great River Passage plan, which aims to better connect the city with the waterway.



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