2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Wildlife Weed Pull
Lee Metcalf NWR
Name and Phone Number
(Up to 250 words)
Within the Refuge's 160-acre Wildlife Viewing Area open to the public, there is a large amount of spotted knapweed, houndstongue and tansy. With over 60,000 annual visitors there is strong potential for spread of noxious weed seeds to other areas. The goal is for local community organizations to gather annually to have a fun workday pulling weeds in a high use area. Target: about 75 participants the first year. After registration there was an education session on the weeds to be pulled, the impact of weeds on the natural resources, and how each person can play a role in preventing the spread of weeds. We want all the participants to be able to take this information learned and know that collectively they can have an impact on the weed population, and can use the information in their own neighborhoods and recreation areas. There are three transects set up in that area to monitor each year the amount of weeds there. Goal: to increase the awareness of noxious weeds, increase the number of participants and the number of groups involved. Over time, decrease the amount and number of weeds pulled in the same area each year. Then, expand the project to the new trail in a differnt part of the Refuge.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts VA_SchoolGrp VA_GardenClub VA_CivicOrg VA_Other
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
A group of six members of the Ravalli County Weed Education Board met 7 or 8 times with Deborah Goslin of Lee Metcalf NWR to plan the event. They called over 30 local organizations to ask them to participate. They gathered prizes, food, and tools, they took registration and tallied results for the prizes. The Friends of Lee Metcalf NWR offered their member list for us to call and round up volunteers, they helped with registration, food, t-shirts and prizes. Other volunteers that day helped pull weeds, handed out tools and gloves, served lunch and helped clean up.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Ravalli County Weed Board, Friends of Lee Metcalf NWR, and Montana FWS Invasive Species Strike Team, Victor Garden Club, Bitterroot Audubon Society, Stevensville School, 4 H
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).
With the help of a light rain the night before the weed pull, the 75 people pulled 1,600 pounds of weeds in this public area. The three transects were taken with a GPS (purchased with the grant) and baseline number of weeds calculated. Thirty differnt local groups were contacted and told about the Weed Pull, one of the county commisioners came only to speak and then stayed to help, and one family just happened to be stopping by for a walk and ended up joining in. Prizes (in the form of outdoor gear) for longest root, most pounds pulled, and tallest plant were given to kids and adults. Every participant got some weed education, a t-shirt and some lunch.
Number of Acres Treated:
about 6 acres
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was very useful for the weed pull to be successful. Because this Refuge has such high visitation, public involvement and education can play a big role in public support of refuge invasive species objectives. This event sparked alot of energy around weeds and could be a valuable tool to gain public support for the Refuge's pest management goals.
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