Originally from Europe, Phragmites australis (pronounced “frag-MY-tees”) grows in dense, tall stands that choke off native vegetation and litter wetlands with thick mats of decaying biomass.
Toxic herbicides, controlled burns, and even bulldozers have been the go-to solutions to the problem. But recent research out of Duke University suggests another, less aggressive fix: goats.
A herd of goats was used on a two-acre project at Freshkills Park in Staten Island in 2012 and two years later the test area is healthy with its plantings of native marsh grasses.
(READ the story via Yale University’s 360 blog)