2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Norway Lake Township Prairie / Oak Savanna Resatoratiom Project
Litchfield Wetland Management District
Name and Phone Number
Craig W. Lee 320-693-2849
(Up to 250 words)
Invasive woody vegetation degrades critical habitat important to declining grassland and oak savanna dependant species. This project will result in the removal of invasive woody vegetation on approximately 600 acres of grassland and oak savanna on the Randall Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) and adjacent private lands using Minnesota Master Naturalist Program (MMNP) volunteers. In 2005 removal of invasive woody vegetation began on the Randall WPA and adjacent private lands. Due to limited funding and workforce, areas have yet to be treated and treated areas need additional follow-up work. The MMNP provides participants with 40 hours of natural ecosystem training. In return these volunteers gain a Master Naturalist designation. To maintain the Master Naturalist status, naturalists must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer conservation work annually. In 2007, the MMNP assisted the WMD in pulling or cutting and treating invasive species on 30 WPA and 5 private acres as well as collecting native prairie seed to reseed some disturbed treated areas. The MMNP coordinator has enthusiastically agreed to coordinate and recruit volunteers for the project again this year. More information on the program can be found at www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Minnesota Master Naturalists used loppers and hand saws to remove invasive woody vegetation from the understory of an oak savanna and adjacent grassland. They worked on smaller trees and brush that was too small for, or inaccessible to, the heavy equipment used in previous invasive removal management. They also cut resprouts on some of the previously cut larger trees that had not been treated with herbicide. The newly cut invasives and the cut resprouts were then treated with herbicide by Service employees. In addition to removing invasive species, the MMN volunteers seeded some native grasses and forbs into a previously treated area. They also spent some time learning about different methods of invasive species control, plant identification, plant succession, floristic quality assessment, local geology, land ethics and many other environmental topics. Like last year, they collected plant seeds from 15+ prairie species for restoration of treated invasive areas.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Minnesota Master Naturalists University of Minnesota Steve Harms, Robin Freese (private landholders)
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).
Resprouting and small trees and brush were cut and treated with herbicide on approximately 12 acres grassland that had previously been treated using heavy equipment. Trees and brush were cut and treated with herbicide on an additional 3 acres of oak savanna that had not been previously treated. Seeds were collected from 15 species of native plants, many that are very difficult to find commercially. A cooperative effort was continued between the the Litchfield office and the MMNP which improves over time and will provide additional opportunites to use this program on Service lands. The project is not yet completed. Some of the funding of this grant was used to contract work to remove large trees (primarily Box Elder and Green Ash) from several sites that were formally oak savanna and oak woodland. Additionally, the contractor will remove large seed producing trees from strategic locations adjacent to grasslands to prevent spreading by seed. This work will be done in the early winter on frozen ground to minimize disturbance.
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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