Cogongrass Mitigation Program – Alabama

March 4, 2022

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is labeled as one of the ten WORST weeds in the world. First introduced into the United States in the early 1900s at the port in Mobile, Alabama, cogongrass continues to spread extensively causing persistent infestations in the Southeast. This invasive grass can invade ecosystems like our favorite longleaf pine and cost landowners massive amounts of money.

Landowners in Alabama have a new opportunity to tackle this problem.

The Cogongrass Mitigation Program, administered by the Alabama Forestry Commission, is available to private, nonindustrial landowners that own property in Alabama affected by this noxious weed.

Funded by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Plant Protection and Quarantine, the Cogongrass Mitigation Program aims to reduce the number of infested acres, eliminate its damaging effects on existing ecosystems, and improve the productivity of impacted sites.

The application portal is open until further notice, depending on the number of applications. Contact AFC Cogongrass Coordinator Owen Andrews with questions.

Additional Resources

Invasive Cogongrass - Wild Wander Video

Cogongrass: A Sneaky Pest - The Longleaf Leader - pg 8