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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Multi-Species Invasive Plant Mapping & Control On Muscatatuck NWR
Region: 3
Station: Muscatatuck NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Daniel Wood 812-522-4352
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Beginning in areas already known to contain invasives with a high potential for expansion (e.g.: stiltgrass, garlic mustard), interns and volunteers will conduct invasive plant surveys on the refuge. In support of the R3 initiative to map invasive species infestations on FWS lands, we will map invasives and the results will be used to create an invasive plant control plan. In the summer of 2006, interns and other volunteers will continue to implement the EDRR strategy for stiltgrass control. All areas infested with stiltgrass will be treated using proven techniques with the goal of eliminating this new invader.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Japanese stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculata
Japanese knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
Kudzu Pueraria lobata
Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Autumn Olive Eleagnus umbellata
Armenian Blackberry Rubus armeniacus
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
            VA_GradIntern                    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers systematically searched for known invasives in areas they were known to occur or suspected to have spread. In some cases, an estimate of percent cover of an invasive was made. Locations of invasives were mapped, along with locations that were searched and found to be free of a given invasive. Volunteers were taught to mix and apply herbicides under the supervision of Refuge staff. They also participated in manual control by pulling, bagging, and disposing of herbaceous plants; and by girdling or cutting woody plants.
Total Number of Volunteers: 32
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 2832
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Muscatatuck Wildlife Society MNWR volunteer interns Indiana University


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).
All known areas of stiltgrass were treated: this plant was detected and treated early in the invasion process. Efficacy of treatment was determined to be approximately 78%. Maps of stiltgrass infestations were produced for 2006 and 2007. Garlic mustard maps were produced for infestations along roadways. Known and newly encountered infestations of kudzu, japanese knotweed, purple loosestrife, tree of heaven, and armenian blackberry were mapped and treated. Success rates for kudzu and purple loosestrife were extremely high with less than annual treatments expected. In considering all invasive species, invasions were widespread and detetected in patches sporadically throughout the refuge. Varying acreages were treated in 2008, 2007, and 2006 however the ultimate total of 240 acres was treated.
Number of Acres Treated: 240
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 900
Number of Acres Restored: N/A


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 6000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $3300 55%
Chemical $980 16.3%
Biocontrol Agents 0
Travel 0
Volunteer Stipends $3000 50%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $6000 100%
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $13,280 221.3 %

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Extremely useful, if not essential, due to essential funding that allowed this project to move forward.


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