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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An aggressive and destructive weed is invading acres of land across Georgia. The Forestry Commission wants your help to stop it.

It's called Cogongrass.  So far it's been found in 28 Georgia counties. Local rangers say it's been spotted in Worth County, Mitchell County and right at the Dougherty County line.

The weed is extremely flammable and difficult to get rid of. If it goes unnoticed, it damages natural vegetation and reduces tree and plant regeneration.

"It's in this area and we want to try and hit it while it's small. We can use herbicide on it right now and try to keep it under control," said GFC Regional Urban Forester Chuck Norvell.

If you think you see it in on your property, the Forestry Commission wants you to give them a call so they can come out and treat it.  You can make a report by calling 1-800-GA-TREES.

Until it's checked out, you should avoid mowing that area to prevent the seeds from spreading.  

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