Residents invited to watch goats clear invasive plants at Wilson Park


Goats will return to Wilson Park to help clear invasive plants this week.

The animals, provided by Greedy Goats of Northwest Arkansas, will be at the park Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 9 from mid-morning to mid-afternoon each day, unless it is raining.

The community is invited to watch the animals at work. A temporary electric fence will be erected to help safely contain the goats and their owners will be on the site during work hours. Goat herders will have a petting goat available on Saturday.

The same group of goats were used in 2015 and again this year to help clear a thick blanket of privet, honeysuckle and grapevine covering the hillside in the southeast corner of the park. Their efforts opened the space up, allowing volunteers to further clear the area of invasive species.

As a follow-up, volunteers will be needed in October to help plant native groundcovers, shrubs, and trees.

For more information on the project or to volunteer, call Kristina Jones at the Parks and Recreation Department, at 479-444-3467.