The Invasive Plant Control Program (IPCP) is a forestry program administered by GFC and funded by the U.S. Forest Service. Forestry practices covered include the use of herbicides (or a combination of mechanical and herbicide treatments) to eradicate nonnative, invasive plants.

Th IPCP program targets certain invasive plant species listed as a top concern in Georgia. The twelve most harmful invasive plants in Georgia are known as the Dirty Dozen. They include Non-native privet, Chinaberry, Japanese climbing fern and Chinese tallowtree (pictured above).

We encourage landowners to join our efforts.
Private, non-industrial landowners* who own at least 10 acres of forested land and can provide a practice area of at least 3 acres are eligible to participate in GFC’s IPCP Program.

* – A “Private non-industrial landowner” is defined as any private individual, group, association, corporation, Indian tribe or other native group, or other private legal entities. The program is also available on lands owned by local governments (Cities, Counties, Board of Education, etc.).

There are exclusions to participation.
Corporations whose stocks are publicly traded, or legal entities principally engaged in the processing or manufacturing of wood products are excluded from participation.

Become part of the solution to rid the state of invasive plants.
Participants receive a rate of $60 per acre for areas treated. To apply, please contact your local GFC forester.

Helpful Resources

TitleDescriptionDocument Type
2022 Chinese Privet Identification Sheet

Chinese (Ligustrum sinense), European (Ligustrum vulgare) and Japanese (Ligustrum japonicum) privets are all listed as invasive-exotic species that threaten native South Carolina forests. These are semi-evergreen, multi-stemmed shrubs or small trees that can grow up to a height of 20 feet. Ligustrum sp. are native to China, parts of Europe and Japan, and were first introduced into the United States around 1909 for ornamental use as shrub borders, erosion control plantings and wildlife forage. Characteristic flowers of Ligustrum species are showy, panicles of tiny, creamy-white flowers that are very fragrant and abundant in late spring through summer. Fruit produced are small, rounded dark-purple berries that persist throughout the winter, especially favored by birds.

2023 Dirty Dozen (Top Twelve Nonnative Invasive Plants) ListPDF
2024 Cogongrass County Density MapPDF
2024 Cogongrass Percent Inactive MapPDF
2024 Cogongrass Spring UpdatePDF
2024 Cogongrass Winter UpdatePDF
2024 Known Cogongrass in GeorgiaPDF
Callery Pear Information

Callery pear is one of the most rapidly-spreading invasive plants in the eastern U.S. This plant stems from cultivars of ornamental pears, most commonly the Bradford pear. Callery pear can have long thorns, and grows singly or in thick patches in old fields, roadsides, or forested areas.

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Cogongrass Eradication Agreement

Form for landowners to submit for assistance with cogongrass eradication.

Cogongrass Eradication Strategies

GFC began treating cogongrass in 2007 and has developed several methods to combat the problem.

Cogongrass in Georgia

14 minute Youtube video descriving cogongrass and its impact in Georgia

Cogongrass in Georgia PSA

30 second Youtube video advising Georgians to be on the look out for cogongrass

Cogongrass: Identifying one of the Most Invasive Plant Species

Cogongrass is one of the most invasive plants in Georgia. Follow along with Lynne Womack, our Forest Health Coordinator, and Mark McClure, our Forest Health Specialist, as they discuss the characteristics, common look-a-likes, and location of Cogongrass.


Comprehensive information on cogongrass in Georgia along with links to other southeastern state efforts on cogongrass

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Georgia Invasive Species Task Force

The Georgia Invasive Species Task Force is comprised of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Georgia. For more than 15 years, members of this group have worked cooperatively together in invasive species detection, education, and control.

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Identifying Cogongrass (Field Guide)

Helpful tips for identifying invasive cogongrass.

Invasive Climbing Fern Fact Sheet

Overview information about invasive climbing ferns.

Invasive Plants of Georgia Forests

Overview of invasive plants in forests across Georgia.

Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests

Information on accurate identification and effective control of the 33 plants or groups that are invading the forests of the 13 Southern States at an alarming rate, showing both growing and dormant season traits.

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