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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION



Project Title: Volunteers to GPS and Monitor Invasive Species on Pocosin Lakes NWR.
Region: 4
Station: Pocosin Lakes NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Wendy Stanton, 252/796-3004 X224
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This grant would cover expenses for 12 week internships for two college interns to GPS and collect data on invasive species on Pocosin Lakes NWR. Data would be recorded on standardized data sheets developed by the RTNCF Ecoteam Biologist Committee. This grant funding would cover the following three objectives: The primary objective would include GPSing and monitoring Phragmites and alligator weed on the 12,000 acre Pungo Unit. This data collection is essential in determining stand/patch sizes which are converted to acreage to accurately calculate quantity of herbicides required for treatments. GPS coordinates provide exact locations for helicopter, crop-duster or ground applications. To determine effectiveness of previous year's treatments in moist soil units, more intensive monitoring of Phragmites patches based on national protocols would be conducted. The second objective would be to survey for early detection of invasive species for rapid response with herbicide treatments on other parts of the refuge. The third objective would be to develop an environmental education program on invasive species to present to the public.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Phragmites (Common Reed) Phragmites australis
Alligator Weed Alternanthera philoxeroides
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
  (mm/dd/yyyy)
08/07/2006


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
            VA_GradIntern                   
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Two college interns GPSed invasive species patches on the refuge and recorded data on a standardized data sheet. More intensive monitoring of Phragmites was conducted in the moist soil units. Larger Phragmites patches or patches located in critical habitat were photographed and will be hyperlinked to GPS coordinates in ArcGIS. Interns also assisted staff with herbicide application. At the end of the internship, college interns were required to create an environmental education program to present to the public about invasive species. The program included a range of information including effects of invasive species on native habitat and wildlife, importance of early detection and rapid response, identifying and monitoring invasive species on the refuge and a final map showing the locations of the Phragmites and alligator weed patches. The final map would also be included in the Pocosin Lakes NWR Annual Habitat Management Plan.
Total Number of Volunteers: 2
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 960
Partnerships:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Pocosin Lakes NWR, NC Aquatic Weeds Program and six other refuges in the RTNCF Ecosystem have coordinated efforts to manage invasive species on the refuges and adjacent private and state owned lands. Money received from the CCS, ISST and the Volunteers Working with Invasives grants have funded the efforts to reach refuge invasive species management objectives. The NC Aquatic Weeds Program provided over $15,000 non-federal match for these grants.


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).
Two college interns GPSed invasive species patches on the refuge and recorded data on a standardized data sheet developed by the RTNCF Biologist Committee. Some of the larger Phragmites patches located in critical habitat were photographed and will be hyperlinked to GPS coordinates in ArcGIS. Interns also assisted staff with herbicide applications. At the end of the internship, college interns developed and presented three Power Point programs. One was focused for children audiences and included activities. The second powerpoint was developed for an adult audience and presented as an inreach program for the refuge staff. The third program was presented to a local Civics group. The program included a range of information including effects of invasive species on native habitat and wildlife, importance of early detection and rapid response, identifying and monitoring invasive species, and a map showing locations of invasive species on the refuge. The final map will be included in the Pocosin Lakes NWR Annual Habitat Management Plan.
Number of Acres Treated: 150
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 15,000 acres
Number of Acres Restored: ? 150 acres were treated with herbicide$


BUDGET INFORMATION

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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $5,000


Breakdown of Expenditures:

Category

Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,500 30%
Chemical $1,300 26%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel
Volunteer Stipends $2,200 44%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other
TOTAL $5,000 100%


Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The grant money we received allowed us to continue a very important invasive species inventory and monitoring program on Pocosin Lakes NWR. This grant program was instrumental in utilizing volunteers to GPS and incorporates in GIS the invasive species on approximately 10,000 acres on Pocosin Lakes NWR and providing outreach opportunities on the invasive plant species issues affecting the refuge. The process of managing for invasive species takes consecutive years of treatments and ongoing monitoring following treatments for up to five years to be effective. Based on this, I would strongly recommend offering this grant program in the future so participants can continue their proactive efforts to manage invasives on refuges.

 

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