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Cogongrass Control and Removal Programs

Landowners with cogongrass infestations may apply for free herbicide treatments through the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Cogongrass

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is an invasive, non-native grass that 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.

The Cogongrass Control Program

The goal of the Cogongrass Control Program is to reduce the threat of cogongrass in relevant areas of the state. Applicants to the program may receive herbicide treatment for the affected areas of their property. All work will occur within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi.

The Cogongrass Control Program is open for the following counties until November 1, 2022:

  • Jones
  • Wayne
  • Perry
  • Greene
  • George
  • Jackson

Cogongrass Removal Assistance Program

The goal of the Cogongrass Removal Assistance Program is to reduce the threat of Cogongrass in Mississippi. Through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, landowners in Regions 3 and 4 of MS, excluding the 6 coastal counties, with cogongrass infestations on their property can now apply to receive herbicide treatment for the affected areas of their property.

More Information

For more information about the Cogongrass Control Program or the Cogongrass Removal Assistance Program, please contact:

Michael Mathis
Forest Health Specialist
477 South Gate Road
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Cell: (601) 344-8599
Email: badplants@mfc.ms.gov