Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Treating Cogongrass on Wildlife Management Areas
JACKSON - With spring in full swing,
trees are leafing out and flowers are blooming. This is a
great time to identify different plant communities and locate any
invasive plant species. Cogongrass is an aggressive, invasive
species that will out-compete all native plant species and take
over a landscape. Cogongrass is not only an invasive plant species,
it also has no wildlife value. This grass can be easily
identified by its white fluffy flowers and seed head, which makes
spring time the optimal season for locating cogongrass areas.
These areas of cogongrass are targeted for eradication across
wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Departments of
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks works diligently to treat these
areas with a chemical application in late spring through early
summer, as well as in the fall, for eradication purposes.
These removal efforts are done to provide for a more diverse native
plant community, which provides quality wildlife habitat. One
of our goals within the WMA system is to continually improve these
areas for wildlife and all user groups. The removal of
invasive plant species, such as cogongrass, is just one more step
for improving WMAs across the state.
For more information regarding wildlife management areas in
Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wma or call us at