Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Update
The Georgia Forestry Commission is helping landowners identify a non-native, invasive weed this month as it shows its "flowery” side. Cogongrass was positively identified in 73 Georgia counties in 2022, and from March through June, immediately following green-up, cogongrass is most easily recognized. In spring, it produces fluffy silver-white flowers atop tall grass stems. The cotton-like seeds inside spread easily on breezes, forming new circular patches of dense mats. In addition to being extremely flammable, cogongrass infestations cause significant reductions in tree and plant regeneration, wildlife habitat, forage, and ecological diversity. Cogongrass sightings should be reported to local GFC offices and if confirmed, treatment is provided to landowners at no cost by GFC forest health specialists.
For identification help, visit: https://gatrees.org/cogongrass-in-georgia/.
Prescribed burning season is winding down. As a reminder, certified burn managers are now able to request burn permits up to 48 hours in advance of planned burns through a time-saving online system. To learn more about the benefits of prescribed burning and to find a schedule of upcoming certification classes, visit GaTrees.org.