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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form


Display Report


PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION



Project Title: Early detection of high priority invasive species using volunteers
Region: 3
Station: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Mike Brown 618.997.3344 x317
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Establish an EDRR Program that uses volunteers to survey the trails and road systems throughout the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. A minimum of two training sessions will be held at the refuge to train volunteers to identify target species. In addition, each volunteer will be given color laminated ID sheets. All reported infestations will have the species ID verified, area mapped, and management options evaluated. New infestations will then be incorporated into active management, and eradication efforts will begin by Refuge staff. Project implementation will be contracted to the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA), a multi-agency partnership that coordinates invasive plant management efforts throughout Southern Illinois. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is an active member of the CWMA.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Teasel Dipsacus sp.
Garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
Tree of heaven Ailanthus altissima
Mimosa Albizia julibrissin
Chinese yam Dioscorea opposiifolia
Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
  (mm/dd/yyyy)
05/31/2008


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp                           
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
A total of 2 training sessions has been conducted to date, with more being planned for the future. Since the training sessions were recently completed, only 2 infestation have been reported so far. We expect more volunteers trained and more infestations reported in the future.
Total Number of Volunteers: 25
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 37.5
Partnerships:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area Society of American Foresters, Southern Illinois University Chapter


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 is currently in progress. A total of 2 training sessions has been conducted to date, with more being planned for the future. Since the training sessions were recently completed, only 2 infestation have been reported so far. We expect more volunteers trained and more infestations reported in the future.
Number of Acres Treated: 0
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 2
Number of Acres Restored: 0


BUDGET INFORMATION

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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $ 5,355


Breakdown of Expenditures:

Category

Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 0 0
Chemical 0 0
Biocontrol Agents 0 0
Travel 0 0
Volunteer Stipends 0 0
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 0 0
Restoration Materials 0 0
Other 0 0
TOTAL 0 0


Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?

 

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