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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Musk Thistle and Honeysuckle Control
Region: 3
Station: DeSoto NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Bob Barry 956-784-7581
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Control of Musk Thistles in native grassland restorations using hand tools as spraying would kill desireable forbs (Spring '06). Removal of Tatarian Honeysuckle and Autumn Olive from woodlots. Volunteers will cut shrubs and refuge staff will spray the stumps (Oct '05).
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Musk Thistle Carduus nutans
Tatarian Honeysuckle Lonicera Tatarica
Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata
Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp                           
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers cut honeysuckle and autumn olive shrubs in several wood lots (35 ac) with loppers and hand saws. A Fish & Wildlife Service employee followed behind and sprayed the stumps with 50% glyphosate. Musk and Canada Thistle plants were be removed by digging and spraying.
Total Number of Volunteers: 30-40
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 250
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends Group plus Boys & Girls Town students.


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).
Funds from the project were used to purchase saws, shovels, chemical, etc. and to pay part of the salary of a contractor for doing large-scale spraying. Nearly 40 students from Boys & Girls Town cut invasive shrubs. Other volunteers assisted the contractor with digging and spraying thistles. Invasive shrubs were controlled in approximately 15 acres of forest while about 400 acres of grasslands were treated for thistles. Thistle numbers were dramatically reduced throughout the refuge with few plants actually going to seed. Grassland areas left bare by the thistles were filled in with native grasses.
Number of Acres Treated: 400
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:

$ 3000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 900 90
Chemical 100 10
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 2000
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 3000 3000

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This was a great program. The account above may not be 100% accurate as I am at a new duty station and do not have the details available to me. Having the full-time contractor to battle thistles was EXTREMELY beneficial.


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