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Cogongrass Detection & Eradication in Georgia. James Johnson, Forest Health Athens, GA Office (706) 542-9608 [email protected] GFC Foresters Top 5 – Invasive Plants. Cogongrass Chinese Privet Autumn Olive Chinese Tallowtree Multiflora Rose. http://www.gatrees.org/.

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Cogongrass detection eradication in georgia

Cogongrass Detection & Eradication in Georgia

James Johnson, Forest Health

Athens, GA

Office (706) 542-9608

[email protected]


Gfc foresters top 5 invasive plants
GFC Foresters Top 5 – Invasive Plants

  • Cogongrass

  • Chinese Privet

  • Autumn Olive

  • Chinese Tallowtree

  • Multiflora Rose

http://www.gatrees.org/


Cogongrass becomes the top priority invasive plant for our agency…

Chip Bates,GFC

Mark McClure, GFC



In the beginning
In the Beginning… agency…

  • Cogongrass Task Force formed to organize efforts - 2004

    • Georgia Forestry Commission

    • University of Georgia

    • USDA APHIS-PPQ

    • USDA Forest Service

    • GA Department of Natural Resources

    • GA Department of Agriculture

    • GA Department of Transportation

    • GA Exotic Pest Plant Council

    • Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center

    • Tall Timbers Research Station

    • The Nature Conservancy

    • Greg Findley, GFC District Forester, Chair




Cogongrass eradication efforts
Cogongrass Eradication Efforts agency…

Treatments Sites by:

  • Georgia Forestry Commission 18

  • USDA APHIS - PPQ 32

  • Landowner 12

  • Contractor/Consultant 14 76

    “Agreement for Cogongrass Eradication” contract finalized to allow GFC to begin site treatments

    Spots range in size from ¼ - 11+ acres

    Average size is 1/3 acre

    Most infestations originated from root material and are clonal – little if any viable seed is being produced



How did it get in georgia
How did it get in Georgia? agency…

  • Tree Planters (machine)

  • Logging equipment

  • Contaminated fill dirt

  • Contaminated mulch

  • Hunters (food plots)

  • Mowing or construction equipment?

  • Nurseries growing cultivars

  • Utility (powerline) contractor

  • Homeowner (dug fruit trees with soil and root ball)





Cogongrass education outreach
Cogongrass Education Outreach agency…

  • Publications – UGA Bugwood

  • Memorandum of Understanding to establish Georgia as a Cooperative Weed Management area for cogongrass nearing final version.AL, FL, and SC also????

  • GFC personnel have conducted over 100 presentations that mention cogongrass – 7,000+ attendees

  • UGA has made many presentations also…


Presentations made to: agency…

  • “Traditional” Groups:

    • Professional foresters & other resource managers

    • Timber Companies

    • UGA County Extension Agents

    • GFC Firefighting personnel

    • Logger Workshops & Landowner groups

  • “Non-Traditional” Groups:

    • GA Power & local EMC power companies

    • GA Dept of Transportation (Right of Way section)

    • GA Public Works Association and County PW Dept’s.

    • Environmental Groups

    • Legislative Tour (August 2006)

    • Hunters and Outdoor enthusiasts

      • Buckarama

      • Fisharama


Publications
Publications: agency…

  • University of Georgia – Bugwood Group

    • Professor Dave Moorhead, Chuck Bargeron & Chris Evans

    • Displays

    • Technical bulletins

    • Magazine articles

Small brochure with basic information


Publications1
Publications agency…

Georgia Forestry Commission

  • Hunting peridical articles

    • Georgia Outdoor News

    • Georgia Wildlife Federation

    • National Wild Turkey Federation

  • Georgia Hunting Rules & Regulations Book – circulation 550,000



Most unlikely place to find Cogongrass? agency…

Philip Bailey, USDA – APHIS PPQ






For additional support
For Additional Support: agency…

  • Contact either Dr. Moorhead in Tifton (229) 386-3298

  • or the Georgia Forestry Commission Forest Health Staff:

    • James Johnson Athens (706) 542-9608

    • Mark McClure SW Georgia (229) 759-3011

    • Chip Bates SE Georgia (912) 681-0490

    • Mark Raines Central GA (706) 437-6896

    • Scott Griffin North GA (770) 538-2666


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