Goat landscaping in Elm Grove helps the environment

Elm Grove landscapers are working to protect the environment with the help of a new team of about 50 goats.

It is generally rude to chew with your mouth open, but in this case, Elm Grove Village Park encourages it.

“They eat. All they do is eat,” said Elm Grove Village Forester Ron Hill. “They will be full by the time they are finished.”

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Goats eliminate invasive species, such as buckthorn, that harm the environment by outcompete native plants.

“We take them to different people to help them control invasive weeds,” said Linda Klietz, owner of Grazing Goats Wisconsin.

Grazing Goats Wisconsin helps fight invasive species at Elm Grove Village Park

“We want to have something that was here in Wisconsin 10, 15, 20, 30 years ago,” Hill said.

Fenced on about a quarter acre of land, landscapers trim and chew everything in sight.

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“We can’t get in here with mechanical equipment, so we’ll have to get in and cut this by hand,” Hill said. “With the limited number of staff we have, that would be next to impossible.”

Now, thanks to Grazing Goats Wisconsin, the village has staff with double the legs and triple the appetite.

Grazing Goats Wisconsin helps fight invasive species at Elm Grove Village Park

“It’s super fun to watch them help eradicate species that would be difficult enough for a crew to get in and not disturb natural things that you don’t want to disturb,” Klietz said.

While the goats’ mannerisms could use a bit of work, foresters say the park’s newest staff members are dedicated to protecting the environment. The goats will do their grazing work for the next three to four days, and Elm Grove plans to use them again in the near future.

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