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Goats clearing weeds and brush for WSDOT

Goats are munching weeds and brush near highways and in storm water drainage areas for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Goats are clearing brush as part of a pilot project for WSDOT.

ID=70901930ID=70901386VANCOUVER, Wash. – Goats are munching weeds and brush near highways and in drainage areas for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The goats are part of a pilot program that will be studied for cost and effectiveness.

The project actually started last year with a herd of about a dozen goats owned by a WSDOT employee in Southwest Washington.

Heidi Holmstrom loaned her goats to WSDOT and they did a great job clearing land. This season they will work at about a dozen projects in the Vancouver area. More goats will be used by WSDOT in Olympia and Spokane, too.

Holmstrom said she's excited about the potential to expand the goat program even more, explaining how goats are an environmentally friendly alternative to gas mowers and pesticides.