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Cogongrass, one of the 10 most invasive species in the world, is popping up in Walker County, Alabama. Cogongrass, one of the 10 most invasive species in the world, is popping up in Walker County, Alabama.
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WALKER COUNTY, AL -

Cogongrass is known as one of the 10 most invasive species in the world, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission. And it's popping up around Walker County.

It aggressively invades right-of-ways, new forest plantations, open forests, old fields and pastures, officials say, and it is steadily making its way through Alabama into nearby states.  

"This highly invasive pest permanently alters plant and animal communities, increases fire frequency and intensity, and requires extensive investment to control," according to the Alabama Forestry Commission. "In other areas of the world, cogongrass has destroyed entire landscapes, creating a 'sea' of cogongrass with no other plants. Domestic food and fiber supplies are negatively impacted by cogongrass through reduction in wildlife food sources and killing or injuring valuable cash crops such as corn, cotton, and trees. Cogongrass exists on rights-of-way, forests, and agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Because it is found in so many areas, there is a need for a large-scale, concerted effort to effectively control it."

The local forestry commission office in Walker County is encouraging property owners to be on the lookout and report any cogongrass infestations on their property.

Local officials can be reached at 205-384-6344.

The office is located at 1710 Alabama Avenue in downtown Jasper, adjacent to Jasper Police Department.

Click here for more information, and tune in to the 6 p.m. news for more on its impact on Walker County.

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