SAVANNAH, Ga. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists assigned to the port of Savannah have made more than 60 interceptions of cogon grass on commercial cargo containers since mid-October.
Cogon grass is considered one of the 10 worst invasive plant species in the world.
The interceptions were the result of a special CBP operation to specifically look for cogon grass.
Cogon grass is a Federal Noxious Weed. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cogon grass is an invasive weed from Asia that has recently been intercepted from Central and South America. It spreads quickly and disrupts ecosystems, reduces wildlife habitat and can decrease tree seedling growth and establishment. It is believed to have invaded more than 1 million acres of land in the Southeast including parts of Georgia.
The cogon grass interceptions were all destroyed by incineration.