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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Early detection and monitoring of invasive plants in visitor use areas
Region: 7
Station: Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Bud Johnson 907-883-9407
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Human activity is the primary influence on the establishment and spread of non-native species. Although land-travel in Alaska has been historically limited, there has been a marked expansion of anthropogenic disturbance forces, such as roads, pipelines, and development over the last fifty years. On Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge the Alaska Highway corridor is a conduit for the spread of invasive plants. Recent inventories along the Highway have detected the presence of several invasive species. A visitor center and three hiking trails provide refuge visitors with recreation, interpretive, and educational opportunities. However, these public use areas also provide potential avenues for the spread of invasive plants onto the Refuge. We will use elements of the Early Detection Rapid Response system to detect, identify, voucher, map, and where feasible remove invasive plants in these areas. Distribution maps and ancillary data will be contributed to the Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC). This project will dovetail with efforts currently underway in the Tetlin Refuge Land Management Research Demonstration (LMRD) program. Under the LMRD program, Tetlin Refuge monitors a selection of animal, plant, and physical elements essential to understanding the ecology and dynamics of fire across the Boreal Ecoregion. One current project is mapping the distribution and abundance of non-native invasive plants in burned areas adjacent to the Alaska Highway.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  White sweetclover Melilotus alba
Alsike clover Trifolium hybridum
Foxtail barley Hordeum jubatum
Common plantain Plantago major
Common yarrow Achillea millefolium
Pineappleweed Matricaria discoidea
Common pepperweed Lepidium densiflorum
Project Status: Completed
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)
Volunteers assisted in roadside surveys using temporary point-intercept transects perpendicular to the Alaska Highway. Volunteers also used timed searches along established trails and trailheads. Rest stop pullouts were systematically searched from end to end. Volunteers were familiarized with data forms and were allowed to enter data into these forms. Safety briefs were conducted due to the hazardous nature of roadside work, and part of their work was to ensure safety by wearing reflective vests and by placing reflective cones at survey areas.
Total Number of Volunteers: two (2)
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 40
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Wilderness Volunteers


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).
Campgrounds, trails, and rest stop pullouts along a 20-mile section of the Alaska Highway from the US customs and border patrol outpost were surveyed for invasive plants. A map of locations where invasive plants were found will be produced. This map will help identify areas where future control measures for invasive plants may be initiated.
Number of Acres Treated: none
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 6 roadside acres
Number of Acres Restored: none


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 4,300.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 600.00 14
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 3,700.00 86
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 4,300.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was useful in helping identify possible routes of invasion by non-native plants into the refuge. The use of volunteers was an effective tool in minimizing survey costs while maximizing collection of information on invasive plants along the Alaska Highway.


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