BROOKLYN - Prospect Park welcomed eight goats Wednesday that they say will restore areas of the park and get rid of unwanted weeds and invasive species.

Prospect Park officials say the use of the goats is an environmentally friendly way to restore the woodlands damaged by Superstorm Sandy and other recent storms.

"These eight goats are just going to eat everything that shouldn't be here, all the invasive species, the weeds, the poison ivy, all the stuff that is really hard to clear out," says Leslie Wright, of the New York State Office of Parks.

The goats will be climbing the hills and slopes of the park's northeast corner, which is difficult for machines and workers to reach.

Prospect Park received two grants totaling $1.2 million from the New York State Office of Parks for the project.

The goats will be at the park through the fall.