Private landowners in Forrest and Lamar counties may be eligible for FREE cogongrass herbicide treatments! The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is now accepting applications from private landowners in Forrest and Lamar counties. This time-limited program is made available by a grant from the USDA Forest Service. Applications must be received by June 30, 2018.
The goal of the MFC’s Cogongrass Control Program is to reduce the threat of cogongrass in Mississippi. Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is an invasive, non-native grass which occurs in the Southeast region of the United States. It is considered to be one of the “Top 10 World’s Worst Weeds”, cogongrass affects pine productivity and survival, wildlife habitat, recreation, native plants, fire behavior, and forest management costs. The transportation of this plant into the United States is now prohibited by federal law, however; cogongrass continues to spread throughout the southeast gulf coastal areas, threatening forests, rangelands, natural areas, roadsides, and residential areas.