File this under: News Everyone Probably Assumed Anyway.
But, it’s still a fun part of my job to ask, so I’ve confirmed that the goats munching up all the stuff on the vacant lot next to the Elks Temple were, in fact, put there by the McMenamins.
This is the second year they’ve been there, the company confirmed in an email. Here’s the rest of the note:
“All of the goats (there are 50+ of them on the property) are rescues, and are cared for by Tammy Dunakin, of Rent-a-Ruminant from Vashon Island, who is on-site with them 24/7.
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“The property near the Tacoma Elks building is pretty hilly, and the goats are great at clearing non-native invasive plants (Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy, Butterfly Bush, Cheatgrass, Traveller’s Joy Clematis, Bindweed, and Perennial Peavine) that grow up quickly and create an eyesore.
“A few other fun details about the goats...
“• Goats leave a much smaller carbon footprint than people and gas-powered tools
“• Goats are easier on the soil than people and machinery
“• Goats are cost-effective compared to people and machinery
“• Goats fertilize and cultivate as they go
“• Native trees (Bigleaf Maple) on the site need to be retained and goats will only eat bark as a last resort.”
Happy Thursday, everyone.