Help Available for Battling Cogongrass

The Mississippi Forestry Commission is offering help to landowners in getting rid of cogongrass, an invasive, non-native grass which occurs in the southeastern United States.

It has become a problem for some landowners, land managers, foresters and governmental agencies across the country.

Cogongrass is spread by windblown seeds and underground. The weed can take over and cause wildfires, and officials say it affects pine productivity and survival and wildlife habitats.

"The Mississippi Forestry Commission started in some of the northernmost counties and moved south," said Kelvin Jackson of the Natural Resources Conservation Services. "Lauderdale County and others have just come on tap and are available for this assistance."

If you think you have cogongrass, contact the forestry commission to have your property evaluated. If you qualify, your property will be sprayed free of charge.

For more information on MFC's MIPCP Program click on the link below or contact:
Jim Hancock
Invasive Plant Control Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 749
515 County Farm Lane NE
Brookhaven, Mississippi 39602-0749
(601) 833-6621 office
(601) 835-0188 fax
(877) 708-7651 toll free

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