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Goats hired to graze DC graveyard

Friday, August 07, 2015 - 01:07

The Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC has hired a herd goats to help control overgrowth. Angela Moore reports.

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These little goats are bringing their big appetite to Washington, DC. The herd of about 30 goats has been hired to tame the overgrown vegetation at the Historic Congressional Cemetery. SOUNDBITE: Paul K. Williams, President, Historic Congressional Cemetery, saying (English): "This is the second time we've had goats. It's the second time they've ever been in Washington, D.C. in fact and we use them to clear the invasive species in our wooded area. Those species are climbing the trees, killing the trees and then the trees fall into our cemetery and ruin our headstones." A lack of maintenance has caused weeds, vines, poison ivy and other invasive species to grow out of control. Since goats are known to eat almost anything, this is an environmentaly-friendly way to clear the brush without the use of harmful chemicals. SOUNDBITE: Mary Bowen, Owner of Browsing Green Goats, saying (English)" "The goats are not harming the environment and they are saving the pollinators because they are doing this organically." The goats' all you can eat adventure will continue all day, every day for about two weeks.

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Goats hired to graze DC graveyard

Friday, August 07, 2015 - 01:07