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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-14-09 03:37 PM
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States unleash goats to keep grass trimmed (to reduce carbon footprint/protect environment/save $)
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(CNN) -- Forget lawn mowers. Maryland officials have found a natural way to combat brush while protecting a threatened species.

Forty bearded goats have been dispatched by the State Highway Administration to control plant growth in the area. They have been munching in an enclosed area for a week; they will stay until September, but will be put back to work next spring.

The project is part of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's "Smart, Green and Growing" legislative package, aimed at reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020.

The pilot program will be evaluated at the end of two years, and officials will determine whether to send goats to other grazing projects on state highways, according to David Buck, a spokesman for the highway administration.

The goats are reducing the state's carbon footprint and protecting the area's bog turtles, listed as threatened. In addition, he said, the animals are much cheaper than a mowing program: State costs are about $10,000 for two years, most of that for delivery and veterinary services.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/05/27/maryland.highway.goats...


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