A leafy spurge infestation spreading across a hillside. This plant may look like a pretty wildflower when viewed at a distance, but it is very damaging to the landscape because it displaces the native vegetation used as forage for wildlife and livestock.
In May 1999, a parcel of public land managed by the BLM Elko Field Office that was infested with leafy spurge was chosen for biological treatment with domestic goats. Katie Johnson, a Spring Creek High School student administered the FFA project using her goats. This photograph shows one of Katie's goat, Percy, munching happily on a leafy spurge plant.