During this past week, starting on June 21st, goats were hired to combat invasive plant species at the 1000 Islands Nature Center in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
You can watch a video and read more HERE.
Thousand Islands first used goats to eat invasive plants in 2018, when nine goats from Mulberry Lane Farm arrived at the center. Ridding the grounds of the invasive species allows the native plants to grow and thrive.
Read additional information from the 1000 Islands website HERE.
“While other methods of control are available, they come with risks that could result in more harm than good being done. Because of 1000 Islands’ location along the Fox River, using chemical control could contaminate the Fox River ecosystem as well as other native plant species. Mechanical control is a means of removing each plant by hand, which is both timely and costly. For these reasons, staff at 1000 Islands believe that the goats could offer an effective alternative to safely remove the invasive species.”
Today, June 25th, is the last day for the goats to grab a lunch of obnoxious weeds at 1000 Islands, but no doubt they will be back here and in other areas of the state, such as Wausau, to provide a valuable service to communities and the native landscape.
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