Goats help protect rare grasses at Underhill Preserve

Over the past month, 14 goats have been busy munching away at the brush at Underhill Preserve in an effort to rid the area of an invasive species that is overtaking bluestem grass and other rare grasses in the area.

Over the past month, 14 goats have been busy munching away at the brush at Underhill Preserve in an effort to rid the area of an invasive species that is overtaking bluestem grass and other rare grasses in the area. (9/16/16)

OYSTER BAY - Some hungry goats have been put to work in Oyster Bay.

Over the past month, 14 goats have been busy munching away at the brush at Underhill Preserve in an effort to rid the area of an invasive species that is overtaking bluestem grass and other rare grasses in the area.

It's the second time the state Department of Environmental Conservation has brought in goats to Long Island to get rid of unwanted weeds. They were also used at Oak Brush Plains Preserve in Commack in 2014.

Ten more goats are expected to be added to the preservation project. They will be staying until October.

Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society received a $40,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bringĀ in the goats. DEC is administering the grant.

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