Goats make quick work of clearing overgrown area in Knoxville

Goats make quick work of clearing overgrown area in East Knoxville

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The goats cleared the area in just nine days. The goats cleared the area in just nine days.
After the brush was cleared, the extent of the litter and garbage in the area was revealed. After the brush was cleared, the extent of the litter and garbage in the area was revealed.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A herd of goats is ahead of schedule in their weed-munching mission.

The goats, brought in by the Tennessee Clean Water Network, have been chowing down on some overgrown land at the Williams Creek Urban Forest in East Knoxville.

It was expected the goats would take a month for them to mow down a two-and-half acre section of weeds, but they finished the task in just nine days.

In the process, the goats uncovered a lot of trash.

"It was pretty dense in there, so we couldn't get a good idea. We couldn't even walk through there it was so dense with invasive species like honeysuckle vine and privet. So now that we can see what we're up against, it's going to be a little bit," said Renee Hoyos, the executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network.

The Clean Water Network invited people out to see the work that's been done at a breakfast event Friday morning.

Now the goats will be moved to a nearby kudzu patch.

That's expected to take three to four weeks to complete, but the hungry goats may beat that prediction.

A county crew will eventually be brought in to do more clean up.

The Clean Water Network hopes to have the Williams Creek Forest Trail marked and graded by the end of the fall.

Donations are being accepted for the project on the Tennessee Clean Water Network website.

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