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Cartoon/Ed Turner

Marlborough – Removing invasive vegetation with heavy chemicals and equipment can be detrimental to the land, expensive and time consuming. This summer, the Marlborough Department of Public Works is using a different method to clean up the Holt’s Grove Conservation Land – goat power!

Three goats are now working on the property, happily eating their way through the vegetation, including the poison ivy.

While goats and other grazing animals have been used for centuries for land management, the practice is becoming more popular locally as an environmentally friendly way to clear land. To view a clip of the adorable animals at work, visit the Marlborough Department of Public Works Facebook page.