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2005 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive Species Monitoring and Mapping at Touch t
Region: 3
Station: Windom Wetland Management District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Gregg Pattison (507) 8331-2220 ex. 18
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project is designed to enhance the prairie restoration efforts at Touch the Sky Prairie, a unit of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR. The goal of the project is to map and inventory all invasive species on the prairie in order better focus management activities. Using GPS/GIS technologies volunteers will map all the invasive plant populations. In addition, the volunteers will inventory and develop a list of all native plant species present on the prairie. The invasive and native plant data will then be used to develop a map of prairie with a floristic quality classification. This classification will then be used to help make management decisions to control invasive weeds, while protecting native plant species.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Plumeless Thistle Carduus acanthoides
Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense
Sweet White Clover Melilotus alba
Sweet Yellow Clover Melilotus officianalis
Queen Anne's Lace Daucus carota
Musk Thistle Carduus nutans
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
                    VA_StudentConsAssoc    VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The primary volunteer in this project was SCA intern Annabel Por. She used GPS/GIS technology to map invasive species populations on 500 acres of remnant prairie. She also coordinated the work of a student who spent a week helping with GPS mapping, and worked closely with DNR botanist to verify native plant species. She developed a plant list that included both native and non-native plant species and used this information to classify the prairie pasture into vegetation classifications that will be used to determine the appropriate level of weed control management used by the District. Other volunteers included the Minnesota Conservation Corp who spent one week assisting in the removal of brush to improve weed control and the hand application of chemicals to control plumeless thistle. The MN DNR botanist also volunteered a day to verify many native plants on the site.
Total Number of Volunteers: 8
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 488
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
This is an ongoing restoration project and we have worked with several groups including the Brandenburg Priaire Foundation, Luverne High School, Minnesota DNR and local contractors. This project will enhance efforts of these organizations in the development and restoration of this native prairie. The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation works hard to match funds through our challenge cost share program to provide chemicals for weed control, native prairie seed and native seed harvest on the site. The Luverne High School is working on a vegetation monitoring program through the advanced biology class which will be a continuation of this project.


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).
The project was very successful and produced many products that will support our management decisions into the future. Specific outputs include several digital layers of data that can be used in GIS for mapping invasive weed locations, densities and identifications, a vegetation classification system based on exisiting native plant species that will be used to define chemical use recommendations and a 100 meter grid system that will help in invasive weed control. We also now have an extensive plant list for the site that includes 21 species of native grasses, rushes and sedges; 98 native forbs; 12 non-native grasses rushes and sedges, and 26 non-native forbs. This list will be a basis for future vegetation monitoring through advanced biology class at the Luverne High School.
Number of Acres Treated: 8
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 500
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 5000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 296.21 5.9
Chemical 0 0
Biocontrol Agents 0 0
Travel 1279.43 25.6
Volunteer Stipends 1020 20.4
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 2404.25 48.1
Restoration Materials 0 0
Other 0 0
TOTAL 4999.89 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The program was extremely useful for the management decisions we will make on Touch the Sky Prairie. Recommendations: 1) have an apartment in Luverne to reduce the amount of travel time and fuel costs for the intern. 2) Involve more community volunteers and coordinate a "Volunteer Work Day" at the prairie for invasive species control. 3) purchase better reference materials for native species plant indentification and verification.


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