FLA submitted comments to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding Environmental Assessment for the Cogongrass Control Program in the Southeastern United States. Our comments were in support of the Southern Groups of State Foresters’ (SGSF) concerns that as currently proposed, the program would result in an ineffective – and ultimately failed – cogongrass control program.
The current proposed program by the USDA unfortunately does not adequately use the best available science and would create a new cogongrass program with significant unnecessary treatment restrictions. While we appreciate USDA’s willingness to launch a program addressing the cogongrass problem and welcome the agency’s active engagement in assisting landowners in their efforts to rid the forest landscape of this weed, it is crucial that the program and use of funds result in real ecological and economic benefits for forest landowners and the forest landscape of the Southeast. Read FLA and the SGSF comments to USDA regarding the propose program.