Knoxville wants to use goats to eat kudzu
Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:01 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Knoxville officials want to use goats to eat kudzu plants on public land.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that would take a change in an ordinance.
The Metropolitan Planning Commission is scheduled to take up the matter Thursday.
Knoxville Public Service Department planning coordinator Chad Weth says he’s “ready to see goats on the ground” in a program similar to one Chattanooga has used the past few years.
Department Deputy Director David Brace says goats are a more environmentally friendly way of controlling invasive kudzu and they’re more effective because they pull up the plant’s roots and eat them, too.
Under the plan, the city would use a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to pay a contractor, who would provide the goats.
Published in The Messenger 5.11.10