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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Panther Pepper Patrol
Region: 4
Station: Florida Panther NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Layne Hamilton
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
A volunteer team will treat Brazilian pepper along the refuge's eastern boundary and along the public trail. This project was originally scheduled for July utilizing an AmeriCorps team for two weeks. Unfortunately, by the time of the project, the refuge had received nearly 25 inches of rain in June, flooding the project site. Additionally, the AmeriCorps were called to north Florida to help with Hurricane Dennis recovery. The project was rescheduled for the following years, to be conducted by regular refuge volunteers.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Brazilian Pepper Schinus terebinthifolius
Caesar's weed Urena lobata
Cogon grass Imperata cylindrica
Rosary Pea Abrus precatorius
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp    VA_AmeriCorps    VA_GradIntern        VA_StudentConsAssoc    VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
A crew of volunteers will apply herbicide (cut stump/basal bark) to Brazilian pepper trees. Cogon Grass & Caesar's Weed was treated in place with herbicide. Rosary Pea was cut stump treated.
Total Number of Volunteers: 25
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 1050
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of the Florida Panther's new volunteer and trail guide program was started. Barron-Collier High Schl "Green Group" came out three times to assist. 5 different SCA Interns assisted. 4 Contractors 7 Refuge Volunteers


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).
2005 Americorps were not able to be organized due to a hurricane that disrupted the typical refuge activities. However local volunteers have been enlisted and training progressed as they were taught to ID plants and safely handle the herbicides. Training on use of GPS units and data entry was accomplished for staff and volunteers. The program was also expanded to include lands on the Ten Thousand Islands Refuge Lands. Regular monthly or bi-monthly monitoring and control efforts were necessary to control the exotics. Seasons, conditions of the sites, and access were all overcome through time and the help from various volunteers and organizations was crucial to the success of the project. All together there were over 25 individuals from 5 different groups contributed to the control efforts. This project not only provided opportunities to control exotics but also to educate people about the threats that exotics pose to wild areas and express the challenges facing land managers. Restoration was accomplished to 50 acres where BP and other exotics but through passive, natural succession. Areas treated on the refuge include: Unit 23, 24, 25, some of Unit 27; along the public trail and interior areas accessible by the public trail, and along the road on Units, 34, 35, 36, and along Ridge Road (Cogon and Rosary Pea). Treatment in the TTI Refuge included the BP along US 41, east of oil pad road where transects needed to be established and treated.
Number of Acres Treated: 40
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 40
Number of Acres Restored: 50


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 10000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 7000 70
Chemical 1500 15
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends 1000 10
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other 500 5

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The funding came too late in the year (2005) to take advantage of dry ground conditions (Oct - June). The sooner in the FY that we get it, the better for planning and project completion. There are reoccuring costs for safety equiptment and sprayers for maintenance of areas already treated. Also equiptment maintenance is always a challenge because of the remote access within the refuge. More chainsaw and herbicide was needed then initially thought. Regular maintenance of the area was crucial to ensure eradication of exotics. Volunteers will continue to monitor and follow up with hand-pulling or herbicide treatments as more areas of exotics are discovered.


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