There are only a few effective ways to managing aggressive species of plants: grazing, mowing/brush hogging (mechanical), and spraying chemicals. Over time, mechanical removal and/or spraying (using fuel/herbicide) can degrade a landscape and be harmful to the ecosystem.
On the other hand, grazing (ruminate) animals, such as goats, cows, and sheep, do not need gasoline or harsh chemicals to make a difference! They add nitrogen and nutrients back into the soil, and can improve the landscape as long as they are not confined in one place for too long . These animals have the ability to use the very plants that are causing you problems as their fuel.
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Goats will graze; poison ivy, Japanese knotweed, buckthorn, honey suckle, multiflora rose, most hardwood trees and much more!
Peter grew up helping his grandmother try to control invasive species in Connecticut, he developed a deep understanding of the amount of work it takes to control a small area. Later he studied Sustainable Product Design at Keene State College. Now he works as a Product Engineer.
Alex grew up in Alabama highly focused on gymnastics and cheerleading but always had a love for the outdoors. In college she found an interest in Forest Ecology, and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from The University of Alabama. Gaining inspiration from her forest ecology professor Dr. Hart, she developed a conservation ethic that is concentrated on conserving native flora and fauna. Now she works in the Maine Forest products industry.
Jack Clark also grew up in Connecticut grew up helping his grandmother try to control invasive species. He then had a brief career as a wildland firefighter out West, in the Sacramento valley. This is where he was first exposed to the idea of using goats to control problem plants. The then studied Forestry and Land Surveying at The University of Maine, Orono. Now he works as a Land Surveyor Technician.