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Teens create 'goatscaping' venture to clear park's poison ivy

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A group of Boston teens are monitoring a team of goats to clean up poison ivy in a city park. (Sourece: WCVB/CNN) A group of Boston teens are monitoring a team of goats to clean up poison ivy in a city park. (Sourece: WCVB/CNN)

BOSTON (WCVB/CNN) – Boston is enlisting the aid of some four-legged helpers to combat the city’s nastiest weed problems.

They’re out to make Boston a nicer place to live, one chomp at a time.

"We actually have goats right now at this very moment eating poison ivy and hopefully this will open up this space to be more accessible green area," interim parks Commissioner Chris Cook said.

“Goatscaping” is underway by the Neponset River in Hyde Park. It’s an area Boston city maintenance groups and volunteers can’t access because it’s overrun by poison ivy.

Apparently the poison ivy is a delicacy for the four goats who just arrived to the park. The “goatscaping” will go on for eight weeks, and they have a lot of work to do.

Grant money will cover the $3,000 costs, and teens in the Hyde Park Green Team helped convince Boston’s mayor it was a good idea.

"We proposed our idea of having goats and he thought it was pretty cool b/c it was the first time in Boston," Jolanda Douyon of the Hyde Park Green Team said.

The Green Team will help care for the four-legged helpers during their stay at the West Street Urban Wild.

"The ‘goatscaping’ company will fence in a half-acre at a time with an electrified fence that is solar powered. It's not harmful to humans. It's really meant to keep coyotes out and goats in," said Patricia Alverez of Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation.

The city says it’s fine for the public to view the goats, but don’t pet them – they’re covered in poison ivy oils.

According to the Boston Globe, the $2,800 cost to rent the goats is being covered by grants.

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