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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Invasive Species Mgt. with Volunteers
Region: 5
Station: Carlton Pond WPA
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Tom Comish (207) 827-6138, ext 17
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
In FY 2005, $1,000 in funding was made available through the National Wildlife Refuge System Invasive Species with Volunteers Competitive Grants Program to purchase 10,000 Galerucella beetles. These beetles were purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and were placed at key locations at Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area in mid-July. Beetles were placed in the areas of highest purple loosestrife infestation, which currently covers about 20 acres of the refuge. Beetles were placed on loosestrife plants in approximately 25 percent of the infested area. A follow-up visit to the area in early August showed that the Galerucella beetles were beginning to control purple loosestrife plant populations in areas where they had been placed.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
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 funding received in FY 2005 will benefit Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area by helping to remove unwanted, invasive purple loosestrife plants from refuge lands. The restoration of natural vegetation to the area will be beneficial to refuge wildlife populations, which include Black Terns, endangered in Maine. Refuge volunteers, who receive funding support from the Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows, were very interested in accomplishing this biological control project. Although only two volunteers assisted Refuge Manager Tom Comish in the placement of the Galerucella beetles on the refuge, the 130 members of the Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows were fully informed about the project via the Friends newsletter, Streamside. This project was another example of how local friends groups can join with refuge staff and volunteers to accomplish needed work for wildlife.
Total Number of Volunteers: 2
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 16
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows NWR were the main partners in this project.


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 10,000 beetles that were placed in 2005 will help to control purple loosestrife on at least 5 acres of the 20 acres of the refuge that is infested with loosestrife. It is hoped that the beetles will survive and will control loosestrife on the other 20 acres during the next few years.
Number of Acres Treated: 5
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 36525

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Biocontrol Agents 36525
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?
Without this funding, no biological control could have been accomplished in FY 2005. Thanks.


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