Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass that has been labelled as one of the “Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World.” Recognized as a noxious weed at both the federal and state level, cogongrass is a problem in Florida and many other southeastern states.
Some of the negative attributes of cogongrass include:
- Reducing forage quality
- Negatively impacting native plant diversity and wildlife habitat
- Increasing the risk of wildfire and altering fire behavior
- Negatively affects tree regeneration
- Lowers property values
The Florida Forest Service (FFS), started the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program in 2009 with grants from the USDA Forest Service. The program’s aim is to reduce the spread of cogongrass by helping private landowners with the cost of controlling or eradicating cogongrass infestations. The program is currently accepting applications for the program.
Applicants are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are accepted until July 29th, or until the existing funds for 2016 are allocated. Treatments are meant to be started in the fall of 2016.
The program is available all throughout Florida, with participation and reimbursement lasting for two consecutive years. Applicants may treat anywhere from up to an acre to 133 acres of infested land with an herbicide. The program will reimburse participants for half of the treatment costs, capping at $100 a year for the first acre and $75 an acre for additional areas. More information and a link to the application can be found here.
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