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Mississippi

Provides selected Mississippi resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • Cogongrass Taking Root in North Mississippi

    • May 22, 2020
    • Mississippi Forestry Commission.

    • One of the most invasive weeds in the world is beginning to make its way into north Mississippi, announced the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC). "Cogongrass was introduced to Mississippi as a new forage crop, however, it is not palatable for livestock, not even goats will eat it," Bozeman said. "It also failed as an erosion control plant because it was too weedy. With no native competition or consumers, cogongrass spread rapidly throughout the Gulf South." There is widespread cogongrass infestation in south Mississippi, but the MFC is starting to see and get reports of the weed moving into the northern part of the state. If left unchecked, cogongrass could become a statewide problem.

      Bozeman wants landowners in north Mississippi to be on the lookout for cogongrass on their property and the notify the MFC if they suspect the invasive weed has taken root. "The Mississippi Forestry Commission can offer assistance to landowners in north Mississippi who have cogongrass on their property," said Bozeman. "We can also come out and help landowners determine if what they are seeing is cogongrass or not." For more information and to fill out the program application, visit the Cogongrass Control Program. If you suspect you have cogongrass on your property, call your local MFC forester to come do a site visit.

  • Emerald Ash Borer Bears Down on Mississippi

    • Jul 2020
    • Mississippi Forestry Commission.

    • The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is an exotic beetle discovered in the United States in 2002 near Detroit, Mich. Since then, it has spread to 35 states and five Canadian provinces. Mississippi and Florida are the only states east of the Mississippi River that have reported no EAB infestations to date. Originally from Asia, the EAB is believed to have entered the country on infested solid wood packing material or wooden pallets. The MFC will be conducting EAB surveys in multiple counties across the state later this year. The public is encouraged to be on the lookout for EAB signs and report them to the MFC immediately. Click here for more information about the emerald ash borer.

  • Insect Identification Service

    • Mississippi State University. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

    • The primary goal of this service is to provide Mississippi citizens with identification and management recommendations for insect pests that affect their homes, their gardens, or the crops they are trying to produce. The lab also works closely with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and observant Mississippi citizens to help facilitate early detection of new invasive insect pests that appear in the state.

  • Popcorn Tree Control Program: Report Popcorn Trees with "Help Stop the Pop"

    • Mississippi Forestry Commission.

    • "Help Stop the Pop", MFC's popcorn tree control program, aims to track popcorn trees, assist municipalities with popcorn tree control, and educate landowners about proper tree removal. Chinese tallow trees, also known as the popcorn tree, are deceptive. They look attractive and ornamental, but they are actually highly invasive and will quickly damage the native ecosystem wherever they are planted. By reporting the location of these trees, you can help the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) get a full picture of Mississippi's popcorn tree problem, which is the first step to combating the spread of this invasive species. Help the MFC stop the spread of this invasive species. Report sightings to HelpStopThePop.com. More Information visit the MFC's Chinese Tallow Tree information page.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

State and Local Government
Academic
  • Insects

    • Mississippi State University. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

  • Invasive Species Program

    • Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.

  • Weed Control for Crops

    • Mississippi State University. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

  • Wild Pig Info

    • Mississippi State University. Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts.

Professional