2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Invasive Species Inventory and Monitoring with Volunteers on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Name and Phone Number
R.W. Parris, 209 826-3508
(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:
Yellow Star Thistle
Five Hook Bassia
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
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:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
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.
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:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
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