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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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, but it 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 Department 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 in the right direction 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 (601) 432-2199. 


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