#Repost from @nytimes, which recently featured the woodland restoration work of Prospect Park Alliance goats! Head to nytimes.com or prospectpark.org/news to read the story.
Goats in @prospect_park? You’re not seeing things. After invasive species and hurricanes wreaked havoc on a forest there, thousands of shrubs and trees are being planted. This work started in 2016 by a large team — of goats. “We weren’t sure how many goats we would need, so we started with 8,” said the chief landscape architect, Christian Zimmerman. “Then went down to 6 and then 4.” Eyebrows, Lily Belle and Swiss Cheese — the last of which was photographed here by @victorblue — have 4 stomachs each and eat 25% of their body weight each day. (Another goat, Horatio, was sent home over the summer when he developed a rash.) But why goats? They offer an environmentally safe way to clear land, as opposed to roundup herbicide, which is sometimes used in projects like this. So how does it work? Swiss Cheese and friends ate invasive species down to their roots, forcing the plants to use all their energy to grow new shoots, only to be eaten again and again. The plants grow back smaller and smaller, until they don’t have the energy to grow back anymore. When the goats left for their farm upstate in mid-September, park workers enjoyed a group hug with them at Lookout Hill, the goats’ final dining spot. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #🍃🐐