Goats return this week to eradicate Tryon’s kudzu problems

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tryon’s favorite guests are returning to put a hurtin’ on the town’s least favorite vine.  That’s right, the goats are returning to the 2-acre Town of Tryon lot near IGA.

This is a continuation of the Pacolet Area Conservancy’s “Kudzu Eradication – Powered by Goats!” project funded by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund – Kudzu Eradication Initiative and a partnership between the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC), the Town of Tryon and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension for Polk County.

Wells Farm delivered the goats on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The goats will be on site for 10-14 days to eat the Kudzu and other non-native and invasive species that have regrown on the site. A guard dog will also be there to protect the goats. This is the second round of goat-powered “treatment” on the site, and the grant will fund two more visits by the goats, per year, for two more years.

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For more information, contact PAC at 828-859-5060, e-mail landprotection@pacolet.org or visit www.pacolet.org.

– article submitted by Pam Torlina