Goats help Davenport wetlands area control plants

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Managers of a wetlands area near Davenport are turning to goats to rid the area of invasive plants.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/14zBMiy ) facilitator Brian Ritter decided to give goats a try after failing at other efforts to remove invasive plants that crowd out native varieties in the Nahant Marsh area.

Ritter says the 24 goats that arrived from Wisconsin in late May have made a huge difference.

Naturalist Amy Loving says it takes the goats only hours to clear areas choked with brush.

The goats are kept inside a portable fence and moved every day or two.

Nahant Marsh is a wetland west of Davenport. It’s owned by the city.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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