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Goats hired to graze Washington's Congressional Cemetery

Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 01:15

Cemetery officials have hired goats to graze for two weeks to help control invasive species and eliminate the need for harmful herbicides. Linda So reports.

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These goats are about to start a unique assignment. For the next two weeks, their job will be to graze 24 hours a day at the Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill. A national historic landmark that's the final resting place for more than 70 members of Congress and J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. SOUNDBITE: OWNER OF BROWSING GREEN GOATS, MARY BOWEN SAYING: "The routine is we have to put up the fencing first. The goats stay in the trailer and wait for us. Once we get the fencing up, it won't take too much longer, we'll be able to let the goats loose and they'll be here about two weeks eating up the vegetation and clearing up the cemetery." Cemetery officials have hired the goats to help get rid of vines, poison ivy, ground cover and even fallen debris. Officials say using goats eliminates the need for chemical herbicides. SOUNDBITE: OWNER OF BROWSING GREEN GOATS, MARY BOWEN SAYING: "The main focus is the goats are not harming the environment and they are saving the pollinators because they are doing this organically." SOUNDBITE: HISTORIC CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY PRESIDENT PAUL K. WILLIAMS SAYING: "The goats are pulling off a lot of invasive species off the fence and off the tree back there." This is the second time the cemetery has brought in a herd of goats to help with ground-keeping work.

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Goats hired to graze Washington's Congressional Cemetery

Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 01:15