Media Release
Goat Volunteers
For Immediate Release
 
April 13, 2017
 
Contact: Kristina Jones
Volunteer & Community Programs Coordinator
Parks & Recreation Department
479-444-3467
parksvolunteer@fayetteville-ar.gov
 

Goats Return to Wilson Park for Invasive Plant Removal
 
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Goats are returning to Wilson Park this spring to help the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department in their ongoing effort to clear invasive plants from the park. 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. The community is invited to come watch the hooved volunteers chomp away on the south side of Wilson Park – Wednesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 22 from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (If rain falls, the activity will be rescheduled.)
 
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, parksvolunteer@fayetteville-ar.gov.
 
You learn about common invasive species and suggested native alternatives in an educational packet written by City staff and community stakeholders.

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