Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Team of goats to clean up W&M’s Crim Dell this week

(Courtesy photo/Commonwealth Goatworx)
(Courtesy photo/Commonwealth Goatworx)

This upcoming week, a team of goats will be hard at work at William & Mary.

Goatworx — an “ideal alternative to heavy machinery and herbicides,” according to the Goatworx website — is coming to the college campus starting Sunday to help clean up the campus landscape.

The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) at William & Mary has partnered with Goatworx to bring in goats to graze on invasive plants, according to Zoe Nelson, a member of the SEAC.

The goal? Restore the natural ecosystem in the area, Nelson said.

The goats will be grazing on a slope near the Crim Dell Bridge, and will be on campus from Sunday through April 22.

They are expected to be on campus 24/7 barring bad weather, Nelson said.

“If you face the bridge by the Crim Dell and take the path to the right of it, the goats will be on a slope on that side,” Nelson said.

Touching the goats is not allowed, and their grazing area will be surrounded by solar-powered electric netting.

Area residents and students alike can visit the goats from afar and view them from a specific area, which is in a clearing across the Crim Dell.

The viewing area will feature signs detailing facts about the goats and the invasive species of plants they are eating.

The New Kent-based goat business helps manage “nuisance vegetation” for homes and sensitive environmental areas.

Rick Stewart with one of his goats. (Courtesy photo/Commonwealth Goatworx)
Rick Stewart with one of his goats. (Courtesy photo/Commonwealth Goatworx)

The goats graze in residential areas and in places where mowers or pesticides are less feasible like on the waterfront of area rivers, according to Goatworx owner Rick Stewart said.

For more information on the event, visit the Goats at the Crim Dell! Facebook event page.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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