May 15, 2009

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama Receives $6.28 Million to Battle Cogongrass

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) received word on Thursday, May 14, that the agency has been awarded a $6.28 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to aid in the battle against cogongrass, a non-native invasive species. “This grant will be administered by the AFC, working in cooperation with the Alabama Task Force on Cogongrass within the context of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cogongrass that was signed in April of 2008,” according to Bill Baisden, Assistant State Forester. “The $6.28 million will allow the task force to organize an effective campaign against cogongrass, one of the world’s most aggressive invasive species.”

These funds will be used to suppress and control cogongrass, as well as provide for restoring forestlands and rangelands damaged by this invasive weed. Invasive species affect the health of ecosystems by stressing the naturally occurring species and competing with them for resources.

In the announcement made by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a total of 19 projects addressing forest health issues were funded nationwide at over $38 million by the ARRA.

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