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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Pulling together in NW Minnesota  Private/Public Partnerships for EDER of invasive species on units of the NWRS
Region: 3
Station: Detroit Lakes WMD
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Scott Kahan 218-844-3403
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Conserving rare habitats on units of the NWRS utilizing public/private partnerships to achieve invasive species management using a variety of IPM techniques and Early Detection/Early Response (EDER) protocols for the inventory, control, and monitoring of invasive plant species.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  plumeless thistle Carduus acanthoides
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
crown vetch Coronilla varia
spotted knapweed Centaurea biebersteinii
purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
common buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
box elder Acer negundo
reed canarygrass Phalaris arundinacea
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp                                 VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers from Concordia college, and the Friends of the Detroit Lakes WMD assisted with collection of weed inventory data, collection/release of biological control agents, and invasive woody species removal.
Total Number of Volunteers: 5
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 300
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
New and exisiting partnerships utilized in this project include: Concordia College, Friends of the Detroit Lakes WMD, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, and Clay County


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).
19 field insectaries for biological control agents were monitored utilizing volunteer labor. 5 new (1 acre) field insectaries were established to control leafy spurge. A complete baseline inventory of weed locations on WPA's in Clay County was completed. This GPS/GIS based inventory was shared with partnering agencies (Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, and Clay County) as a part of a larger effort to develop a County-wide inventory/plan to more effectively deal with invasive species. One oak savanna restoration was completed with the removal of invasive woody species.
Number of Acres Treated: 5
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 10,000
Number of Acres Restored: 1


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 9000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1000 11
Chemical 500 5
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 7500 84
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 9000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was critical for meeting refuge (district) invasive species objectives. A large invasive species inventory was completed for Clay County from which we can begin to address treatments utilizing new/existing partnerships.


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