Goats used to control vegetation in areas near city trails
The Greedy Goats will be back at it next week in Bella Vista, chowing down on invasive plants.
The goats are scheduled to be in the area of Bethnal Road and Cranfield Drive, clearing the right-of-way area where the trail crosses Bethnal Road. They will munch on poison ivy, blackberry, honeysuckle and other invasive plant species from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 through May 19.
The trail will remain open during this time, however there may be a slight detour to accommodate the goats’ fencing. Please do not approach the goats as they are working.
The city has contracted with Greedy Goats of Fayetteville for the vegetation maintenance.
In addition to the Bethnal Stump Dump area, goat grazing is planned for the Bear Hollow trailhead, said Kay Curry, city trails coordinator. Three grazing periods during the growing season are planned at each location, for a total of six grazing periods over two years. This should eradicate the invasive plants, Curry said.
“Goat grazing worked so well last fall that we are bringing them out a month late this time due to a lack of sufficient invasive plants present this spring,” she said.