Park adds goats to fight vegetation
April 17, 2013 10:30 AM

LEWISBERRY (AP) — A state park north of York is getting some four-legged help in its battle against unwanted campground vegetation.

The York Dispatch reported Tuesday that local goats are being brought in to Gifford Pinchot State Park to help mow down poison ivy, honeysuckle and other plants.

The animals are contained within metal panels that are being moved as needed to address particular problem areas.

Park officials said the four or five goats save staff time and curtail the use of chemical herbicides.

Their waste helps improve the soil.

The park plans to keep them busy for the next couple of months.

Signs explain to park patrons what they’re doing and instruct people to leave them alone.

 

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