Kids join the Clive Greenbelt program this spring

A kid from Clive’s green belt. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

The children come out to play.

Driving the news: Clive Greenbelt’s herd of goats have given birth to their new babies and they are getting ready to head out along the trail to nibble on some plants.

Why is this important: Goats aren’t just pretty city ambassadors. They help eat invasive species like honeysuckle – a fast-growing shrub that increases the risk of erosion in Walnut Creek.

  • “They are the most beloved city workers,” said Pete De Kock, deputy city manager.

State of play: Clive keeps 20 goats and a sheep thanks to an agreement with a local resident.

  • Sheep eat with their heads down rather than heads up like goats, grabbing the plants they miss, De Kock said.

Last year they walked through 19 acres of “heavily infested honeysuckle”.

  • The city hired a research firm to study goats and honeysuckle to analyze the best grazing methods and setbacks.

Between the lines: There’s a reason the Clive Greenbelt Goats don’t have names, other than Steve. Once goats age, they sometimes need to be replaced for a different line to be bred.

  • They’re sold at a variety of places, including pasture or meat programs, said Richard Brown of Clive Parks and Rec.

Where to find them: For now, people can visit and feed the goats in their enclosure at Clive Town Hall.

  • Once the weather warms up they will hike along the Clive Greenbelt Trail.
Clive's Greenbelt Goats
The last babies of the Clive Greenbelt Goats. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

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