Herd of Goats Tackles Invasive Species in Prospect Park - NBC New York

Herd of Goats Tackles Invasive Species in Prospect Park

The goats clear everything from poison ivy to mugwort in an environmentally friendly way

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    Prospect Park’s Working Goats Become Tourist Attraction

    Volunteers in Brooklyn have turned to goats to help restore Prospect Park, after it lost hundreds of trees to Sandy. The hungry goats have become quite the hit with tourists. (Published Monday, May 23, 2016)

    A herd of goats is helping Prospect Park recover from damage it sustained nearly four years ago in Sandy.

    The Prospect Park Alliance brought the goats to Brooklyn’s second largest park to help clear invasive plant species. Invasive weeds and ivies spread rapidly after Sandy knocked down hundreds of native trees in the park back in the fall of 2012. 

    The goats clear everything from poison ivy to mugwort in an environmentally friendly way, volunteers say. 

    “It’s a non-chemical, so it’s a green method. You’re not putting people in Tyvek suits, spraying chemicals to kill things, you’re letting the goats do what they do naturally,” said Christian Zimmerman, the Vice President of Capital and Landscape Management at the Prospect Park Alliance. 

    The critters, which have quickly become popular with tourists, will be on the job in Prospect Park through October of this year.

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