Essay on A Report On Fort Stewart Georgia

892 Words Sep 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Fort Stewart Georgia has 278,000 acres of manageable timber lands which consists of most the major species found in the southeast. Everything from Longleaf, Slash, Loblolly, and Pond pine to hardwood species such as Sweetgum, Blackgum, and multiple species of Oaks. But what most people don’t know is that some of these species were not native to this particular area. At Ft. Stewart Forestry we have two main goals. Support the military and provide the best habitat possible for wildlife. In performing these tasks we have realized that for us to be most effective we must return Ft. Stewart to its natural state. Longleaf pine and wiregrass. Unfortunately that is easier said than done. Over the years due to ecological changes and logging we have introduced several species of invasive plants. Plants that choke out the native species that we are trying to bring back. Invasive species such as Cogongrass.
“Cogongrass suppresses and eliminates natural vegetation thereby significantly reducing tree & plant regeneration, wildlife habitat, forage, and ecological diversity.” Gary W. Black Georgia Dept. of Agriculture.
Cogongrass makes returning an ecosystem to its natural habitat even more difficult. “This plant was introduced into the county from South East Asia and India and is now distributed on all continents except Antarctica. In 1912 it was first spotted in South Alabama and rapidly made its way across the entire South East by the 1940’s.” Forest Plants of the South East and Their…

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