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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 21, 2007

Goats offer natural weed control at Lewis Creek Park

Approximately 250 goats will be guests at Lewis Creek Park this weekend. Bellevue Parks & Community Services is importing the famously voracious eaters to help maintain the meadow habitat, control weeds and reduce the risk of fire.

The goats will graze at the park Friday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 26. Goat grazing represents chemical-free weed control that is both environmentally-friendly and traditional. The effort supports the city’s Integrated Pest Management Program to help control noxious weeds.  

Signs will be posted at the park to inform park visitors about the goats, rented from Edwall, Wash.-based Healing Hooves. The goats will graze behind enclosed fencing and park visitors are welcome to watch them in action. 

Questions can be directed to Laura Hughes, Bellevue park ranger, (425-452- 4195 or lhughes@bellevuewa.gov) or Dan DeWald, (425-452-6048 or ddewald@bellevuewa.gov).

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Parks & Community Services
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Robin Haaseth, Public Information Officer
Phone: 425-452-6182
E-mail: rhaaseth@bellevuewa.gov

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