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Goats arrive at Sylvan Corners for weed abatement

Goats are seen grazing at Sylvan Corners on June 15, 2023. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
Four-legged helpers arrived on Tuesday to help the city control weed growth on an 11-acre vacant parcel at the intersection of Auburn Boulevard, Sylvan Road and Old Auburn Road.

City spokeswoman Marisa Brown told The Sentinel the goats arrived at Sylvan Corners on Tuesday, June 13, and are expected to finishing grazing by Sunday, although she said “timing of their departure can change depending on how fast they work.”

The city has also hired goats to clear open fields around City Hall in the past, and also contracted to have goats clear another open space in the Twin Oaks area this year, according to City Manager Ash Feeney. The city manager said goats and sheep are a great way to clear vegetation, telling the City Council last month that “it’s less noisy, it’s better for the environment, and people like to see them.”

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