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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive Species Management Program on Minnesota Valley NWR
Region: 3
Station: Minnesota Valley NWR (32590)
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Chris Trosen, 952-858-0729
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The goals of this project are to work with partners and volunteers to inventory 8,000 acres of the Minnesota Valley NWR (Refuge) for purple loosestrife, spotted knapweed, leafy spurge and garlic mustard. Then Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies will be used to produce maps. These maps will be utilized by the Refuge to direct current and future exotic species control efforts by volunteers and partner groups. The Refuge will also work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to complete an inventory of exotics on adjacent state lands for the purpose of managing non-desirable species between borders. Finally, interagency workshops will be held at the Refuge to educate volunteers and partner groups in identification and current management techniques of local exotic species. These trained volunteers will then assist in patrolling managed lands, document changes in populations utilizing GPS, identify new exotic species related threats to all areas of the Refuge and treat up to 500 acres of infested land. Working with volunteers and partner groups on a systematic project like this directly applies to the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and can be used as a template at other Field Stations.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  European Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Spotted Knapweed Centaurea stoebe
Leafy Spurge Euphorbia esula
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp    VA_AmeriCorps        VA_GardenClub            VA_MGardener    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The volunteer coordinator and group supervisor position funded through this grant has worked with over 300 volunteers to treat invasive species on and off federally managed lands. One large inter-agency (city, state and federal) community invasive species event was held with the purpose of recruiting potential volunteers and improving public awareness on topics related to local invasive species management. Further more, the Refuge is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and County Agricultural Inspectors to plan workshops which will emphasize invasive species control techniques for local species and also volunteer opportunities on the Refuge. To this point, volunteers have treated infestations on twenty acres of Refuge land and five acres of city and state land with several hundred more acres scheduled for treatment in FY06 along with follow up mapping efforts in FY07 and on to map trends.
Total Number of Volunteers: 315
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 1258
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of the Minnesota Valley Minnesota Department of Natural Resources City of Bloomington, Minnesota Minnesota Department of Agriculture Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Eco Designs and Consulting University of Minnesota Audubon Chapter of MN McGough Development


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).
This project is scheduled to be completed September 2006, but to this point over 1,200 hours of volunteer time removing invasive species from the Refuge has been generated. Volunteer hours where generated through the efforts of the Volunteer Coordinator position funded through this grant. The methods to generate these hours consisted of, but were not limited to, inter-agency invasive species group events and a more elaborate public outreach program to promote awareness of the invasive species problems throughout Minnesota to large (10 or more volunteers) groups and organizations such as Minnesota Teen Challenge, Habitat for Humanity and the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps. Also through this grant, the Refuge strengthened partnerships with communities and organizations such as the City of Bloomington, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Eco Designs and Consulting, Audubon Chapter of Minnesota, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and the Friends of the Minnesota Valley by collaborating on the management of the invasive species common buckthorn across land ownership borders. These results are only a summery, as the mapping of 8,000 acres of Refuge land, Merit Badge and Participation Patch for Boy and Girl Scouts of America; respectively, for invasive species removal along with more volunteer hours toward the treatment and control of invasive species will be addressed by Refuge Staff in FY06 with dollars from this grant.
Number of Acres Treated: 25 with hundreds scheduled for treatment in FY06
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 0 with 8,000+ scheduled for treatment in FY06
Number of Acres Restored: 0 acres restored


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 65,000 issued by the Service

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 7,000 11
Chemical 12,000 18
Biocontrol Agents 0 0
Travel 0 0
Volunteer Stipends 0 0
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 8,000 13
Restoration Materials 0 0
Other 38,000 58
TOTAL 65,000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
None at this time, but look forward to this option when the final report is submitted, late FY06.


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