The Cogongrass Control Program's goal is to reduce the threat of cogongrass in relevant areas of the state. All work will occur within the boundaries of the State of 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 an invasive species in 73 countries and one of the "Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World", cogongrass affects pine productivity and survival, wildlife habitat, recreation, native plants, fire behavior, site management costs, and more. Cogongrass has several common names, including Japanese bloodgrass, Red Baron, or Speargrass. 


Landowner ResourcesApplying herbicide to cogongrass

Deadline for request form submission is January 31, 2020.


Priority Counties for 2020 

Treatment applications are currently being processed for forest landowners in George, Greene, Jackson and Perry counties.


For more information, please contact: 

Michael Mathis 
Forest Health Specialist
477 South Gate Road
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Cell: (601) 344-8599