One of the groups that never seems to have a shortage of work at the James River Park is the Invasive Plant Task Force. Mostly volunteers, these folks identify and remove plants that aren’t native to the park and have slipped in over the years. They recently got a helping hand…er…hoof…from a team…

…Herd…

…From RVA Goats. 21 goats and sheep plus one helpful watch-donkey went to work on creepers and vines that were infesting parts of the Park.

Twenty-one goats and sheep plus “watchdonkey” Ruth Ann from RVA Goats were stationed for nearly two weeks near the canoe and kayak launch within a large electric fence enclosure.  Their task:  to knock back the dense vining groundcover and understory shrub thickets that have obliterated native plant populations, easing the next stage of management for their human colleagues.

Read the full article about their work here.