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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Operation Eagle Scout
Region: 6
Station: Ouray NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Dan Alonso, (435)545-2522 x 222
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Early detection and rapid response of Tamarisk establishment within Refuge water delivery canals. Removal and treatment of the cut tamarisk stumps within water delivery canals can not be accomplished with customary heavy equipment and mowers. The steep canal banks must be cleared and treated by hand. This is a priority project since this canal is used to transfer water to several impoundments in Leota Bottom. The Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout Program of Utah have been contacted and they are willing to do the intensive manual labor on a volunteer basis. The time frame for the work is Spring, Summer and Fall.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Saltcedar Tamarix spp.
Russian olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
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)
The Boy Scouts and leaders were taught to recognize saltcedar and Russian olive as well as desireable plants in various growth stages. The volunteers hand cut saltcedar and Russian olive using bow sawes, axes and chainsaws. Stumps were treated soon after cutting with herbicides.
Total Number of Volunteers: 32
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 121
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Boy Scouts of America and Ouray National Wildlife Refuge Staff.


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).
An Eagle Scout candidate organized three Saturdays for Scouts to come and work on the canal. During that time, they cleared 2.8 acres of canal of saltcedar and Russian olive. As part of his Eagle Scout project the candidate GPS'd the area treated with assistance from Refuge Staff. A GIS map was produced for his final report.
Number of Acres Treated: 2.8
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ -511154

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 38503 80%
Chemical -511336 20%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL -511154 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This was an extremely beneficial project. To eliminate saltcedar and Russian olive from that canal it must be done by hand due to the steepness of the banks. With a large group of volunteers, this project can be reasonably done.


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