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Cogongrass Control Program: Take Action Against an Invasive Threat

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), an invasive grass species wreaking havoc in the Southeast region of the United States, is causing significant damage to the environment and economy. Recognized as one of the “Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World,” this non-native intruder poses a grave threat to pine productivity, wildlife habitat, recreation, native plants, fire behavior, and site management costs. In response to this issue, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) created a program to combat the spread of this invasive species.

With its various aliases such as Japanese bloodgrass, Red Baron, or Speargrass, cogongrass has infiltrated 73 countries, establishing itself as a global menace. However, the MFC took a proactive stance by implementing the Cogongrass Control Program, aimed at reducing the threat posed by this invasive grass in relevant areas of the state. The program is currently open to residents in Mississippi regions 3 and 4, which include the Central and Southern areas of the state. Click here to view a map.

Under this program, eligible applicants can receive herbicide treatment for the affected areas of their property. By targeting cogongrass infestations, the program aims to mitigate the detrimental impacts on the environment and local communities. All work conducted as part of the Cogongrass Control Program will be carried out within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi.

According to Russell Bozeman, MFC State Forester, “The Mississippi Forestry Commission recognizes the urgency of addressing the cogongrass invasion and is committed to providing support to affected landowners. By participating in the Cogongrass Control Program, landowners can actively contribute to the preservation of native ecosystems, protect valuable wildlife habitats, and safeguard the economic interests of the state- including valuable timber.”

The Cogongrass Control Program is a collaborative effort between the Mississippi Forestry Commission and concerned citizens. By joining forces, we can effectively combat the spread of cogongrass and restore the balance of our natural landscapes. Together, we can ensure the long-term sustainability of our forests, protect our recreational areas, and preserve the beauty of Mississippi for future generations.

If you would like to apply for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, please complete the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program Application. For more information, contact your local MFC office. When your application is finalized, your local MFC office will confirm funding amounts and participation in the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Together, let us act against this invasive threat and secure a brighter, greener future for Mississippi.