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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION



Project Title: Volunteers Working with Invasives
Region: 3
Station: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Doug Brewer 419-898-0014, Kathy Huffman 419-898-00
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Working with volunteers to map invasive plant species on Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Invasive plants are mapped in the field utilizing both hardware and software technology. The handheld units used are the Recon TDS pocket pc and the Dell Axim PDA. The handheld units are equipped with GPS flashcards and utilize both ArcPad and WIMS software. WIMS (Weed Inventory Management System) is an Access relational database program used for the collection of field data, analyzing invasive plant distribution, producing reports, and generating GIS shape files. Before volunteers are sent into the field they are trained in plant identification, basic GPS and GIS knowledge, and operation of the handheld units which includes both the WIMS database and ArcPad software. The volunteers are then given designated areas within the Refuge to inventory. If invasive plant species are discovered the plants are then mapped using the handheld units and descriptive data is gathered. The collected information is then imported from the handhelds into the main GIS computer and evaluated for errors. From this collected data, GIS shape files can be generated for the Refuge to show invasive plant distribution by either specific area or by species. In addition to GIS shape files, a comprehensive database can be complied for the Refuge, utilizing the WIMS program.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
False Indigo Amorpha fruticosa
Flowering rush Butomus umbellatus
Common reed Phragmities australis
Reed canary grass Phalaris arundinacea
Hairy willow herb Epilobium hirsutum
Poison hemlock Conium maculatum
Wild parsnip Pastinaca Sativa
Tree-of-heaven Ailanthus altissima
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
  (mm/dd/yyyy)
09/30/2008


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp        VA_GradIntern                   
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The main involvement of the volunteers is to inventory and map invasive plant species on Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Before volunteers are sent into the field they are trained in plant identification, basic GPS and GIS knowledge, and operation of the handheld units which includes both the WIMS database and AcrPad software. The volunteers are then given designated areas within the Refuge to inventory. Areas are surveyed by either vehicle, ATV, boat, or by foot. If an invasive plant species is discovered then the volunteers map a plant occurrence (location of invasive - GIS waypoint), and a plant assessment (extent of the invasive patch  GIS polygon). Then descriptive information of the invasive species is collected. At Ottawa NWR invasive plants are mapped as either a single individual (plant, tree, shrub, or vine) or as an extended patch. At the end of the day the collected information is then imported from the handhelds into the main GIS computer and evaluated for errors.
Total Number of Volunteers: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 140
Partnerships:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).


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).
The project funds allowed for the continuation of mapping invasive plant species by volunteers and staff on Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. For the 2007 field season a total of 500 acres were inventoried for key invasive plant species, with roughly 60 acres of invasive species mapped. Due to the direct result of volunteers and staff inventorying and mapping invasive species on Ottawa NWR, 108 acres of critical beach ridge habitat was inventoried for both invasive and early detection species. An IMP (Integrated Management Plan) is currently being developed for this threatened habitat and will be implemented in the spring of 2008. During post treatment mapping and monitoring, the federally threatened Eastern prairie fringed orchid was discovered within the Crane creek riparian restoration area, which was initially inventoried in 2006. During the 2007 field season at the Crane creek site, an additional 80 acres were inventoried. Due to the efforts of the Invasive Species Mapping project both volunteers and staff are more conscious of the impacts of invasive species on native habitat. During the 2007 field season three new early detection plant species (Epilobium hirsutum, Conium maculatum, and Pastinaca Sativa) were discovered. An EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) field guide was developed and will be presented to all staff, volunteers, educational groups, and researchers in 2008. A comprehensive database has been complied for the Refuge regarding information for each invasive plant presence. A GIS shapefile can be generated to display current invasive species distribution by specific species, habitat, or location.
Number of Acres Treated: 408 acres
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 500 acres
Number of Acres Restored: Restoration in progress. Roughly 120 acres


BUDGET INFORMATION

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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $5,000.00


Breakdown of Expenditures:

Category

Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $290.00 6%
Chemical $1,500.00 30%
Biocontrol Agents $0.00 0%
Travel $110.00 2%
Volunteer Stipends $0.00 0%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $3,100 62%
Restoration Materials $0.00 0%
Other $0.00 0%
TOTAL $5,000.00 100%


Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
More effort should be placed on recruiting new potential volunteers for the project and developing educational posters targeting invasive species on Ottawa NWR and throughout Northwest Ohio.

 

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