FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2017 Contact:
Volunteer & Community Programs Coordinator
Parks & Recreation Department
Greedy Goats Snack on Invasive Plants in Wilson Park This Week
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Everyone’s favorite four-legged volunteers return to Wilson Park this week. The community is invited to watch Greedy Goats of NWA help the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department’s ongoing effort to clear invasive plants from the park. Goats and their herders will be on the south side of the park from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 21. (If rain falls, the activity will be rescheduled.) A temporary electric fence will be erected to help safely contain the goats, and their owners will be onsite while the goats are present. The fence will display cautionary signage and surrounded by a secondary orange construction fence as an additional safety buffer.
Greedy Goats of Northwest Arkansas adopted Wilson Park in 2015 and began clearing invasive honeysuckle, privet, and other aggressive plants on the south side of the park – helping Parks Department staff with the overall effort to eliminate invasive vegetation in Fayetteville’s park and trail areas. As a next step in the effort, volunteers came together to replant the cleared area in October 2016 with 200 native trees and shrubs purchased through a grant from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. To find out more about how you can volunteer in City parks and trails and help in the City’s efforts to combat invasive plant species, please contact Kristina Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
You learn about common invasive species and suggested native alternatives in an educational packet
written by City staff and community stakeholders.