2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Inventory of exotic, invasive, and noxiou flora on Kenai National Wldlife Refuge
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Name and Phone Number
John Morton, 907-260-2815
(Up to 250 words)
KENWR is 2 million acres within the boreal forest biome. Although still considered pristine, KENWR hosts over 500,000 annual visitors, is one of only two refuges in Alaska on the highway system, and has been the site of commercial oil and gas activities since the early 1960s. Exotic flora are likely well established within the anthropogenic footprint. Over 60 exotic species, of which 14 are invasive, have already been recorded on adjacent lands. We are developing an inventory and monitoring plan for exotic, invasive and noxious flora. This plan is being designed at two scales: the landscape and within the anthropogenic footprint. The latter is being addressed by the Long Term Ecological Monitoring Program, implemented in FY04, to inventory and track changes in flora and fauna on permanent points systematically distributed at 5-km intervals across KENWR. Preliminary analysis of LTEMP data indicate that exotic flora occur on < 4% of the Refuge, suggesting that we have an opportunity for early detection and intervention. In FY05, we are seeking support to implement a field inventory of exotic, invasive, and noxious flora within the 56 mi2 anthropogenic footprint, stratified by type (i.e., seismic lines, campsites, roads, pipelines, trails). Data will be consistent with Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse and NAWMA standards; mapping will be facilitated with WIMS software and Trimble GPS unit.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Taraxacum officinale spp. officinale
Reed canary grass
Project Completion Date
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Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The graduate intern (from Miami University) helped design this inventory. The other 3 volunteers participated with refuge biologists in two field crews that inventoried exotic vascular plants on ~200 points distributed within the anthropogenic footprint (i.e., roads, trails, campgrounds, seismic lines, power/pipe lines, and oil & gas pads).
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List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
ECO Conservation Careers Diversity Internship Program, Alaska Natural Heritage Program, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Kenai Watershed Forum, Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District
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).
We identified 52 species of exotic vascular flora including 13 species previously unreported on the Kenai Peninsula. The 9 species considered most problematic are listed above. In addition, we developed a refuge informational pamphlet titled Invasive Flora of the Kenai Peninsula, and initiated the first year of the Dandelion Sundae, a community weedpull. The most important result was elevating exotic/invasive plants as a management concern for the Kenai NWR. This inventory also set the stage for a more intensive study by the USGS National Institute of Invasive Species Science in FY06.
Number of Acres Treated:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
132 acres; biased subsample of 52 square miles of anthropogenic footprint
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
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% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Extremely useful. We went from knowing very little about the distribution and composition of the exotic/invasive species community on the refuge to knowing a great deal through this initial inventory.
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