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.