Thurmond goats return for third summer

THURMOND, WV (WOAY) – For the third summer in a row, the famous Thurmond goats have returned. 

This has become an annual National Park Service project where they use goats from a farm in New York called Green Goats to eat the invasive plant species in Thurmond, like kudzu.

The hope is that this will not only help to preserve the historic buildings in Thurmond, but it will also serve as a model for a natural way to get rid of invasive species.

“We’ve already noticed after two years of grazing that there has been quite a substantial reduction in kudzu which is exactly what we’re seeing, so we think after this third year of grazing that we’ll really see a decline in all the kudzu,” Park Ranger Chance Raso said. 

The six goats will be in Thurmond for 90 days, and this will be the final summer of the project. 

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.