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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Spraying Phragmites on Bulls Island
Region: 4
Station: Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Sarah Dawsey 843/928-3264
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Phragmites australis was discovered in the late 1980's on Bull's Island, the largest barrier island of the refuge. Devastation of the forest from Hurricane Hugo in 1989 prevented early eradication efforts and it was not until 2000 that herbicide application of Rodeo began specifically to eliminate Phragmites. All efforts at eradication on Bulls Island have only kept this invasive species from rapid expansion. A new chemical being utilized today is Habitat Herbicide. It is reported to have a much better success at eradication of Phragmites. This project would allow for the use of Habitat Herbicide on all patches of Phragmites during the fall of 2005 via aerial application. Refuge staff with the assistance of volunteers will monitor the success of the fall application and retreat areas that have not been successfully eradicated during spring or fall of 2006.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Phragmites Phragmites austalis
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The volunteers will assist Refuge personnel in monitoring the sites that were aerially sprayed in 2005. They will also assist in hand spraying those patches that were not totally eradicated with the aerial spraying.
Total Number of Volunteers: 0
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 0
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).


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 helicopter was delayed due to hurricanes in 2005 and by the time it came to the refuge to spray it was late in the season for spraying Phragmites. The chemicals were used to spray the cattails in the impoundments and patches of Phragmites that were in these areas were sprayed as well. All areas treated responded very well with at least a 95 percent success rate. 70 percent of the treated areas were disced in 2006 and were opened up for waterfowl use.
Number of Acres Treated: 100
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 70
Number of Acres Restored: 55


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 5000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 400 8
Chemical 4600 92
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials

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


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