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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form


Display Report


PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION



Project Title: Stone Lakes NWR Invasive Species Management with Volunteers Project Proposal
Region: 8
Station: Stone Lakes NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Beatrix Treiterer (916) 775-4421
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project will allow the refuge to hire a six month Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern who would 1) map weed infestations; 2) train volunteers in proper techniques of weed removal; and 3) coordinate the removal efforts of weeds by a wide range of volunteers including refuge volunteers, high school students completing community service hours, scouts and other community volunteer organizations. This program will allow staff to concentrate on larger infestations which require additional expertise and specialized equipment (airboats, tractors, boom sprayers, etc.) The intern will be trained to use a GPS receiver to map infestations and control efforts using WIMS (Weed Information Management System) software developed by Nature Conservancy to map infestations and control efforts and various weed management techniques. Control methods would include hand removal of weeds in sensitive or hard to reach areas, limited chemical applications (backpack sprayers) and some mechanical control (mowing, disking, etc.).
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Yellow Starthistle Centaurea solstitialis
Perennial Pepperweed Ledifium latifolium
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
  (mm/dd/yyyy)
01/11/2006


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
                    VA_StudentConsAssoc           
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The 6-month Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern will 1) map weed infestations; 2) train volunteers in proper techniques of weed removal; and 3) coordinate the removal efforts of weeds by a wide range of volunteers including refuge volunteers, high school students completing community service hours, scouts and other community volunteer organizations.
Total Number of Volunteers: 1
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 720
Partnerships:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Partners in the project include the Stone Lakes NWR Association, Refuge volunteers, Sacramento Weed Abatement Team, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (EQIP Grant). The Sacramento Weed Abatement Team is a partnership of local, state and federal agencies and private organizations that develops a coordinated approach to weed management in the County and public outreach and education tools to control weeds on the Refuge and identify areas off refuge that are sources of infestations. Additional funding to control infestations of yellow starthistle and pepperweed were also received through a grant from NRCS.


PROJECT RESULTS

Project Results:
Give an overview of the results of the project. Include quantifiable measure of success, such as maps produced, efficacy of control measures, number of sites where invasions were detected early and responded to, number of community contacts, etc. (Up to 250 words).
Approximately 1600 acres of the North Stone Lake Unit of the Refuge was mapped for starthistle infestations and approximately 160 acres were treated. Small infestations of perennial pepperweed and starthistle were identified and removed by hand or treated chemically. The "Weed Wackers" volunteer group was established in January, and training to identify and remove weeds will begin in spring 2006.
Number of Acres Treated: 165
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 1600
Number of Acres Restored: 100


BUDGET INFORMATION

Budget: Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.

Total Grant Amount:

$ 16,000


Breakdown of Expenditures:

Category

Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1000 1
Chemical
Biocontrol Agents
Travel
Volunteer Stipends 11000 69
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other 5000 29
TOTAL 16000 100


Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program is an important source of funding for the Refuge to control various invasive weeds that threaten various habitats, especially in this time of limited budgets.

 

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