Ottawa County Using Goats to Kill Invasive Plants
The Ottawa County Parks Department has a new approach to getting rid of the invasive plants in the area: goats. They believe that the usage of goats will reduce the amount of herbicides that are detrimental to the environment. The hungry goats are expected to eat the plants. The species they are targeting include bush honeysuckle, autumn olive, Oriental bittersweet, poison ivy, and buckthorn. The cost for the project start-up was a one-time fee of $3,000 for fencing plus $2,500 each year to lease the goats. A generous donation of $2,500 was received from the Friends of the Ottawa County Parks group to support the project. The goat project is expected to start in May.