Congressional Cemetery Solving Vegetation Problem With Weed-Eating Goats

Image: Congressional Cemetery Solving Vegetation Problem With Weed-Eating Goats

Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 02:49 PM

By David Ogul

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Dozens of goats have been set loose at the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., as part of an effort to rid the grounds of overgrown ivy, weeds, and other vegetation.

Up to 70 goats will rid the land of a budding jungle that is 7 feet high in the rear of the cemetery, ABC News reported. Cemetery officials were worried that the vegetation would weigh down and threaten the stability of the trees at the site, toppling them onto historic headstones.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

The Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place for former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and some 200 members of Congress and their families. Founded in 1807, the cemetery is owned by nearby Christ Church of Washington and is run by the Association for the Preservation of The Historic Congressional Cemetery. The nonprofit collects contributions to pay for the upkeep.

About 60,000 people in total are buried at the cemetery, which is also open to citizens who don't work for the government.

Paul Williams, president of the nonprofit, said using goats makes the most sense.

“Rather than use herbicides and pesticides and spray this whole area, we really wanted to put the money toward something more eco-friendly,” he told ABC.

Brian Knox, supervising forester of Maryland-based Eco-Goats, the firm hired to manage the grazing, told Politico that he had planned to use two herds of about 30 animals each. He said the weeds and ivy should be cleared within a week.

This isn’t the first time goats have been employed to get rid of threatening vegetation. Authorities in fire-prone Southern California, for example, have long used goats to rid hills of chaparral and other plants that could cause a widespread blaze. The Los Angeles Times noted that L.A. officials once brought in about 100 goats to nibble away at weeds near the Angels Flight rail line on Bunker Hill.

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

Related stories:

Goats To Rid Congressional Cemetery Of Weeds

War Memorials Falling Into Disrepair As Funds Tighten

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved