Goats Help Clear Weeds

The Naperville Park District is going with a green alternative to clear out unwanted plants: goats.

Forty-five goats from Wisconsin based Kim Hunter’s Green Goats were released at Knoch Knolls Park to help clean out invasive plants.

“It’s a way for us to clear our natural areas without using equipment that will cause pollution and herbicides,” said Project Manager Peggy Pelkonen. “They come in and eat and are happy.”

For the next month, the goats will graze away on a five-acre, fenced in area, clearing away poison ivy, buckthorn and other unwanted plants to clear the way for the expansion of the nine-hole disc golf course.

Residents are allowed to come and watch the goats, but not touch the electric fence or goats themselves.

The process is part of the park district’s improvement and construction for the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, expected to open in 2014.

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