Landscaping goats return to munch across Issaquah Highlands
June 24, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 9 a.m. June 24, 2011
The ruminants return Friday afternoon.
In a summertime tradition for Issaquah Highlands residents, a goat herd is due to start chomping across open space in the Wisteria Park neighborhood. Onlookers can also catch a glimpse of the goats from Davis Loop.
Then, a few days later, the action is due to shift west, to open space tracts near South Pond, just east of Central Park. Plans call for another herd of landscaping goats to arrive July 6.
The goats, a cheaper and more eco-conscious option than traditional clearing, eat tall grasses and invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom.
Issaquah Highlands Community Association leaders reminded residents and onlookers not to feed the goats. Questions about the goats can be emailed to the association’s landscape manager, Russ Ayers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The practice started in July 2009, as goats from Edwall and Vashon Island arrived to nibble Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom. In June 2010, more than 100 goats chomped across the highlands landscape.
The goats also attracted the national spotlight. Comedian Stephen Colbert lampooned the goats as undocumented workers stealing jobs in a segment on “The Colbert Report” in October 2010.