Weed eating goats return to Knoxville

Weed eating goats return to Knoxville

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The goat began chowing down on the weeds Thrusday morning on the property near the intersection of Brooks and Daily streets. The goat began chowing down on the weeds Thrusday morning on the property near the intersection of Brooks and Daily streets.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Goats have returned to Williams Creek Urban Forest in Knoxville for a second season eating invasive weeds and grasses.

The goat began chowing down on the weeds Thursday morning on the property near the intersection of Brooks and Daily streets. The goats will remain in the urban forest until October.

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The Tennessee Clean Water Network is working with Whistlepig Farms and the city of Knoxville to restore the Williams Creek Urban Forest and the surrounding properties. The final phase of the urban forest acquisition, which was funded by the Aslan Foundation, was deeded to the city in June of this year.

The restoration plans call for using goats to combat invasive species on the land for a three-year period, creating an interpretive trail through the property, and working with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to remove Williams Creek from its list of impaired waterbodies.

"It's great to have the goats back for another summer of fine dining on kudzu, privet and honeysuckle vine," said Renée Victoria Hoyos, TCWN's Executive Director. "They did a wonderful job of trimming back the weeds in an environmentally friendly way without the use of herbicides and other chemicals that would threaten water quality in Williams Creek. Plus they are a joy to have around for the summer."

Hoyos also said that Otter, the goat-herding dog, will be returning to Williams Creek Urban Forest again this year to chaperone the goats.

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