U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Logo U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Lake Superior Invasive Free-Zone Establishment
Region: 3
Station: Whittlesey Creek NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Mike Mlynarek, 715-685-2666
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Our goal is to eliminate non-native invasive terrestrial and emergent aquatic plants on the Refuge (540 acre acquisition area), private in-holdings, adjoining private lands, and adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (180 acres). This grant will help us complete phase I: systematic invasive plant species inventory using GPS with post processing capabilities; data management and analysis using GIS; designing and planning control strategies; developing habitat restoration plans; developing and delivering educational programs; designing monitoring plans; initial control and monitoring.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Reed Canarygrass Phalaris arundinacea
Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense
Bull Thistle Cirsium vulgare
Common Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Exotic Honeysuckle Lonicera spp
Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Project Status: InProgress
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)
A student volunteer will assist us with control and monitoring work beginning in late 2005 and into 2006. We are currently recruiting this student.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The project is being done cooperatively with the U.S. Forest Service. The National Park Service has also provided assistance with technology and control. Northland College has and will provide student assistance.


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).
Inventory and mapping has been initiated using GPS and GIS technology; we are 80% complete. Control options have been investigated. Control was initiated for buckthorn, thistle, and purple loosestrife.
Number of Acres Treated: 10
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 595
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 38625

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
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?


- Return to Main Menu -