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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form


Display Report


PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION



Project Title: Weber WPA grassland restoration project
Region: 3
Station: Litchfield Wetland Management District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Scott S. Glup, 320-693-2849
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Invasive woody vegetation degrades critical habitat important to declining grassland dependant birds. This project will result in the removal of invasive woody vegetation on approximately 100 acres of grassland and woodland on the Weber WPA. The Litchfield WMD is working with Kandiyohi County to remove invasive trees on County ditches and road R-O-Ws within and adjacent to WPAs. The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department has agreed to remove trees within the R-O-W on the Weber WPA. Boy Scouts of Troop 224 in Willmar are working to earn a "50 miler" award which requires 10 hours of volunteer conservation service. This project will utilize Scouts to cut and girdle the smaller invasive trees on the WPA and assist in cleanup of areas where larger trees have been removed by a contractor. This project will provide the Scouts an opportunity to earn the "50 miler" award and rank advancement.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Buckthorn Rhamus cathartica
Boxelder Acer negunda
Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana
Green Ash Fraxinus pensylvanica
Honeysuckle Lonicer tatarica
Smooth Sumac Rhus glabra
Russian Olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Prickly Ash Zanthoxylem americanum
Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
  (mm/dd/yyyy)
12/01/2007


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_Scouts                               
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Work began on clearing woody vegetation from grassland areas. This consisted primarily of using loppers to cut woody vegetation at ground level. Larger trees were cut with hand saws. After the grassland area was cleared work focused on removing woody invasives in former oak savanna. This consisted cutting larger boxelder, green ash and buckthorn with hand saws and a FWS employee followed up with herbicide treatment of stumps. Smaller buckthorn was pulled by hand. Large trees located within the project area were removed by a contractor. Additional work has been accomplished by the Minnesota Conservation Corps.
Total Number of Volunteers: 32
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 239
Partnerships:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Kandiyohi County Public Works Department. Boy Scouts of America, Willmar Troop 224 and 227. Some Girl Scouts also participated in the project. Minnesota Conservation Corps.


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).
All woody vegetation was removed from 53 acres of grassland and native prairie. Scattered trees that remained from previous woody vegetation removal on another 32 acres of grassland was removed. Large and dense trees were removed from 1/2 mile of road R-O-W covering approximately 3 acres. Invasive woody vegetation was removed from a 4 acre oak savanna remenant. A total of 92 acres were directly treated, however the area enfluenced by the removal of vegetation is estimated to be at least 45 more acres when the reduction of seed producing trees and removal of perch trees available for avian predators is taken into consideration. Thirty-two participants; learned about native plants and habitats, learned to identify a variety of species of plants and wildlife, and worked hard to accomplish goals. So far, 6 Scouts worked a minimum of 10 hours to earn the "50 miler" award, two others are close to 10 hours, 16 Scouts earned hours for rank advancement, and parents and Scouts worked together and strengthened their relationship. Every participant had outdoor experiences such as dodging skunks, catching frogs, viewing resting bats, observing monarch larvae, flushing pheasants and ducks, and smelling flowers. An article was published in the local paper which was beneficial for promoting Scouting and promoting the fine work the Service does.
Number of Acres Treated: 92 acres directly and greater than 137 acres indirectly.
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored: 4 acres of oak savanna. 7 acres of native prairie. 81 acres of non-native grassland.


BUDGET INFORMATION

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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $6,000.00


Breakdown of Expenditures:

Category

Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 3156.96 52.62
Chemical 832.32 13.87
Biocontrol Agents
Travel
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other 2000 33.33
TOTAL 5989.28 99.82


Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
I feel that this was one of the most successful grants I have been involved in. Not because it directly impacted a great deal of habitat or that we had a lot of money to accomplish work because it was niether. However, it did provide an avenue to accomplish something that needed to be done that would likely not have been accomplished otherwise. This was an easy grant to administer and did not require a great deal of reporting. The greatest accomplishments of this grant were the outdoor experiences that the participants had. The participants have a much better understanding of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its mission. They now have a personal stake in these public lands and have a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Many of them travel by the Weber WPA fairly often or daily. They now look at our lands in a completely different light. In terms of the impact of this grant on our invasive species program. I feel that this grant had a tremedous impact in terms of the publicity we received. Controlling woody vegetation has been controversial. The Weber WPA is along two busy roads, the project received great publicity, and was accomplished by an organization that is well thought of. I am convinced this project not only provided huge public education and relation benefits but will also result in additional opportunities. My advice to iprove this program is primarily to leave it much as it is. Because if is simple it is effective. I have been involved in several grant programs that I will likely never particpate in again due to the difficulty in administering them. I know that the 2007 program was delayed this year due to funding issues. I hope that next year we are notified sooner. It was difficult to try to complete this years program before the end of the fiscal year due to the late start. I will be forwarding a copy of the news paper article to you.

 

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