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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form


Display Report


PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION



Project Title: Invasive Species Inventory and Monitoring with Volunteers on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Region: 8
Station: San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
R.W. Parris, 209 826-3508
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
To map and quantify invasive and native plant species distribution and abundance in grasslands through the assistance of volunteers. Areas to be mapped include the Lonetree unit and Section 35 unit of Merced National Wildlife Refuge and the elk enclosure and East Bear Creek unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Yellow Star Thistle Centaurea solstitialis
Perennial Pepperweed Lepidium latifolium
Milk Thistle Silybum marianum
Italian Thistle Carduus tenuiflorus
Russian Thistle Salsola tragus
Five Hook Bassia Bassia hyssopifolia
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
  (mm/dd/yyyy)
09/30/2008


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp                            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteer along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff conducted vegetation surveys on four separate units at two National Wildlife Refuges. Volunteer efforts mainly involved field work and data collection/entry.
Total Number of Volunteers: 15
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 3000
Partnerships:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Partnerships were with volunteers and also included several Cooperators to work on invasive plant control programs for the two National Wildlife Refuges.


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).
Mapped and quantified invasive and native plant species distribution and abundance in grasslands through the assistance of volunteers. Areas mapped included the Lonetree unit and Section 35 unit of Merced National Wildlife Refuge and the elk enclosure and East Bear Creek unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Over 6,000 acres of grassland vegetation were quanitifed both for invasive and native plant species. Thematic maps for the distribution and abundance of plant species were produced for all four units. Two of the units, Lonetree and the elk enclosure, have had their vegetation quantified for the past four years. Data from this project is used as a guide to baseline refuge conditions and gauging the effectiveness of control programs.
Number of Acres Treated: 0
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 6140
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:

$ 8000


Breakdown of Expenditures:

Category

Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 4000 50
Chemical 0 0
Biocontrol Agents 0 0
Travel 0 0
Volunteer Stipends 4000 50
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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