State park in York County brings in goats to battle vegetation

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 16, 2013 5:15 PM
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(Lewisberry) --  A state park north of York is getting some four-legged help in its battle against unwanted campground vegetation.

Goats are being brought in to Gifford Pinchot State Park to help mow down poison ivy, honeysuckle and other plants.

The animals are contained within metal panels that are being moved as needed to address particular problem areas.

The four or five goats are expected to save staff time and curtail the use of chemical herbicides. Their waste helps improve the soil.

The park plans to keep them busy for the next couple of months. Signs explain to park patrons what they're doing and instruct people to leave them alone.

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  • Cindy Iberg img 2013-04-24 05:26

    Great program. I have acquaintances who totally control the autumn olive and multiflora rose on their farm with goats.

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