• The Mississippi Landowners Assistance Program to help suppress cogongrass spread is cost-free to eligible landowners. It is made possible through an American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 stimulus grant. Administered, with oversight by the USDA Forest Service and implemented by the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

It is available in Attala, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Lowndes, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Scott, Webster, and Winston Counties.

• For more information, contact the Mississippi Forestry Commission Invasive Plant Control Program: 1-877-708-7651 or check the website www.mfc.ms.gov for details. The program will also provide assistance to landowners in identifying cogongrass.

• The informative video, “Cogongrass — The Perfect Weed,” may be viewed online at http://www.mfc.state.ms.us/Videos/Cogongrass.wmv

• The Blues Rangers Band is Dave Allen, wildlife biologist, and Tate Thriffiley, district ecologist, for the DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi. They perform all over the U.S. and have recorded two nationally-distributed CDs of blues songs highlighting current natural and cultural resource management issues.

Their Blues Rangers Interpretive Program is a public outreach and environmental education tool designed to entertain and inform audiences of all ages and to encourage appropriate public use and stewardship of national forests and grasslands, as well as other public and private lands. Further information is at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/mississippi/desoto/blues_rangers.shtml and www.myspace.com/thebluesrangers

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