NYC Uses Grazing Sheep Near Neversink Reservoir

NEVERSINK, N.Y. (AP) -

New York City officials are relying on grazing sheep to maintain a grassy field near one of the city’s upstate reservoirs.

The 14 sheep were recently deployed to a 50-acre field downstream from the Neversink Dam in Sullivan County as part of a pilot program. The sheep, owned by an area farmer, will graze within a 1,000-square-foot, movable fence through October.

City officials said Monday that the use of sheep will cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. The pilot program will continue next year and it could be expanded if successful.

New York City is among a number of municipalities using sheep or goats to manage their properties.