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Department of the Interior

Reduce, Refine, Replace Mowing (The Mowing 3 Rs)

Challenge each agency to reexamine all areas currently being mowed and attempt to cut in half that wasteful activity. This will save on labor, equipment, fuel and maintenance costs while reducing air pollution and waste heat. Look for areas that can be mowed just once per year, perhaps at the end of the growing season and mulch the material in place to build up the soil and reduce transportation and landfill costs. Replace... more »

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Department of the Interior

Government Goats

Each year the U.S. Federal Government spends about $5 billion to control invasive and noxious weeds like kudzu and cheatgrass. We spray tons of toxic chemicals onto these weeds in a struggle to stem the over $120 billion in damage to the U.S. economy. Instead of just using chemicals, crop-dusters and BLM workers though, we should put native “goats” such as Bighorn, Antelope and Dall’s Sheep on the government payroll!... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Stop mowing - use goats

Many large government centers, including NASA GSFC, have to maintain expanses of grass as well as wooded areas. Mowing and edging the grass is a major waste of resources and a source of air pollution. In addition, invasive plants such as Japanese stilt grass and Bradford pear trees have taken over many of the unmaintained areas, which is not good for wildlife and can spread to neighboring properties. Perhaps herds of... more »

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