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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Early Detection & Rapid Response to Upland Invaders
Region: 5
Station: Rappahannock River Valley NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Joseph F. McCauley, 804/333-1470
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project will control several invasive plant species that have recently become established on the refuge in old farm fields and recently logged areas. Species include Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and Kudzu (Pueraria lobata). The refuge has acquired lands that were in agriculture or recently logged at the time of acquisition. In our attempt to restore the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of these lands, we are converting farm fields to native grasslands and forest, and managing cutover lands to regain healthy forest habitats. In some of these areas, small patches of the above-mentioned plants are taking hold, threatening our long-term management goals. We have an opportunity now to arrest their development while the patches are small and accessible. We plan to begin treatment as soon as funds become available and pesticide use proposals are approved. Methods include applying Garlon 4 mixed with Stalker and JLB oil as a basal spray and foliar application of Transline. We expect all treatments to be complete in late fiscal year 2006/early fiscal year 2007, due to time constraints with recommended application dates.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Kudzu Pueraria lobata
Project Status: In Progress
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)
Assisted with chemical mixing and spraying activities, utilizing backpack sprayers and 25-gallon tank sprayer on all terrain vehicle.
Total Number of Volunteers: 1
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 20
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Not applicable.


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).
Invasives were detected on six refuge tracts and treated on two, to date. Approximately 1.8 acres of Tree-of-Heaven were treated and 21.9 acres of invasives were mapped during this project.
Number of Acres Treated: 1.8
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 21.9
Number of Acres Restored: too early to determine


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 2,310.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Chemical $2,310.00 100
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $2,310.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was essential to this invasive control effort. In addition to the funding, it provided the incentive to coordinate volunteers and conduct treatment activities that otherwise could not have been accomplished.


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