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Invasive Species Programs

Mississippi is home to a number of invasive plants and insect species that pose a significant threat to our forests. Mississippi Forestry Commission is involved in several programs to help combat these invasive species.

Cogongrass Control Program

Landowners with cogongrass infestations may apply for free herbicide treatments through the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s Cogongrass Control Program.

Cogongrass, an invasive, non-native grass, is considered one of the “Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World.” It affects pine productivity and survival, wildlife habitat, recreation, native plants, fire behavior, site management costs, and more.

Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

The Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program helps to reduce the threat of the Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) by sharing the costs with landowners to help inspect their property and thin their pine stands.

Chinese Tallow Tree/Popcorn Tree

Chinese Tallow, also known as a Popcorn tree, is one of the worst invasive plants in Mississippi. It spreads like wildfire, overtaking native vegetation, damaging wildlife habitats, and destroying nature’s balance. MFC aims to track popcorn trees, assist municipalities with popcorn tree control, and educate landowners about proper tree removal. Help us track popcorn trees using the MS Invasive Species Tracking App.

Kudzu Treatment Program

Kudzu is a climbing, semi-woody, perennial vine in the pea family that kills other plants by smothering them under a blanket of leaves and by breaking branches or uprooting entire trees and shrubs through the sheer force of its weight. MFC offers a Kudzu Treatment Program. If you would like to apply for the program, contact your local MFC office and complete the Kudzu Treatment Program Application (PDF).

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