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Prince George’s County Expands Green Efforts Utilizing Goats
Prince George’s County Expands Green Efforts Utilizing Goats

The following information was sent to us by Susan Hubbard:

Prince George’s County's Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) invites citizens to attend a project information meeting to learn about the County’s use of goats as an accepted method for removing invasive plant species on the Brooke Lane Forest Mitigation Site.  This meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.,


Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, Lecture Hall #1, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  


This Spring, DPW&T will utilize goats - a proven, ecologically sound and environmentally friendly method for combating invasive plant species. Goats graze on dense, unruly vegetation, generally in areas where mechanical methods (lawn mowers or weed whackers) and chemical methods (herbicides) have been unsuccessful. 


A portable electric fence will be used to contain the goats and 24-hour supervision will be provided for the duration of the treatment.  The goats will be in herds of 25 -30 and are expected to be on-site for approximately one week. 


Herds will graze all day, on very dense material, clearing approximately a quarter of an acre per day, per herd (this can vary, depending on many factors including density, location and vegetation species).  This practice has been used successfully in other areas of the state for approximately three years, including the City of Gaithersburg in Montgomery County and Pasadena in Anne Arundel County.


Learn more about this effort by going to the County website at: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/dpwt and following the link for Brooke Lane Forest Mitigation Site Maintenance.