Goats to the Rescue!

By Ashley Stanton and Chris Myers

Grazing animals, like goats and cattle, have been used for many things.  In fact, during World War I grazing sheep were used on the National Mall and White House to maintain the landscaping.  This strategy is becoming more popular today as land managers are using goats to eat invasive vegetation in places like Spokane County in Washington state; the city of Middleton, WI; and yes, even in the Congressional Cemetery in DC.  It is an eco-friendly alternative to gas guzzling machinery and harmful herbicides.  AWS is looking to join this growing land management trend by employing goats to remove a large infestation of kudzu (Pueraria lobata), a non-native, invasive vine, from a restoration site along the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River.

Fencing for the goats went into place on October 30th.  There is an electric fence to keep the goats in place, and that is surrounded by an orange safety fence to keep humans safe and sound.

Our site is located along the Northwest Branch in Hyattsville, off Ager Road.  AWS is partnering with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning (MNCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation to work on a long-term project aimed at improving the stream’s overall health, enhancing wildlife habitat, and reducing stormwater sediment and nutrient loads. 

The goats are being provided by EcoGoats, a partnership between Garden Farms of Davidsonville, MD, and Sustainable Resource Management, Inc.  They will be at this site for about 13 days starting November 1st.  Two different herds (30 goats per herd) will be used to remove the area of kudzu, which approximates 1.5 acres in total.  They won’t completely remove the individual kudzu plants, but will significantly reduce the plant biomass on-site.  We encourage all of you to visit the site to see first-hand what the goats are doing.

Bringing the goats in to remove the kudzu is just the first step in improving the stream’s overall health.  Once the kudzu has been removed, AWS will work with MNCPPC to grub the site and remove the remaining kudzu roots.  Next, we’ll bring in volunteers to stabilize the stream banks with native plantings.  In the spring, the goats will be back on the other side of the stream!  The restoration work will begin once the site is free of kudzu.  Please join us in this unique effort to restore part of the Northwest Branch.

This effort is a part of our Community Stormwater Improvement Project, graciously funded by Maryland DNR.


Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

My relatives every time say that I am killing my time here at web, except I know I am getting knowledge daily by reading thes pleasant content.

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

What's Taking place i'm new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & help different users like its helped me. Great job.

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

You need to be a part of a contest for one of the most useful blogs on the net. I amm goin to highly recommend this website!

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

I was recommended this web site by means of my cousin. I am no longer certain whether or not this put up is written by way of him as nobody else realize such specific about my trouble. You are incredible! Thank you! Quest Bars blogesaurus

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

This is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

Excellent site you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed here? I'd really love to be a part of group where I can get comments from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks a lot! Quest Bars blogesaurus

Goats to the Rescue | anacostiaws.org

What's up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this paragraph i thought i could also make comment due to this good paragraph.


goats! <3

Reply to comment | anacostiaws.org

The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.



Browse our newsletter archive to read articles previously published in our quarterly newsletter, Voice of the River!


Stay informed of the latest watershed issues by subscribing to our free email updates & event announcements.