$6 million in stimulus to fight pesky grass

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Forestry Commission says it's been awarded $6.3 million to fight the noxious cogongrass problem that's plaguing the state.

The funding comes from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but the AFC says it will not begin to cover the expected costs required to iradicate the weed. It's thought a complete irradication would cost some $50 million.

State Forester Linda Casey said, "Ultimately, we wish to completely eradicate this nuisance, as well as all other non-native invasive species. However, with the welcomed but limited funding provided, it will be impossible to make a significant impact for all landowners..."

Casey says the grass has been growing "virtually unchecked since 1912."

You can find more information on the web at www.alabamacogongrass.com.

The AFC has contracted with a forest management an consulting firm out of Mobile called Larson & McGowin to begin the first proactive large-scale control of the weed.

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