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BY Lee Atkins and Scott Vance on Jan. 13, 2011


By Lee Atkins and Scott Vance

Like a “thief in the night,” cogongrass slipped into the southeastern United States and rapidly spread across the landscape, destroying wildlife habitat and plaguing land managers. The invasion of cogongrass has quickly replaced lack of frequent fire as the greatest threat to ecosystem health and land values in many Southeastern states. Fire, in fact, actually makes cogongrass a bigger threat to habitat by making easier for cogongrass to invade a forest, so this plant is one that landowners should not burn but eradicate with herbicides.

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