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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive Species Task Force: Early Detection, Control and Monitoring on 3 NWRs
Region: 5
Station: Eastern MA NWR Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Eileen McGourty 978-443-4661 x37
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
For 2006 we hired an invasive species intern who assisted with coordinating and conducting four work parties at Assabet River NWR; identified areas with invasives on Great Meadows, Oxbow and Assabet River; drafted an action plan for those refuges in 2007; and controlled smaller invasions on Great Meadows and Oxbow NWRs. In addition to this initiative we also received a grant for mapping invasives using the WIMS database and hand held GPS units. This project began over the summer and includes all refuges in the complex. Volunteers were trained in the use of the GPS units and invasive identification. An early detection and rapid response team was set up after the training. This team will use this technology for mapping new infestations of invasives and new invaders on Assabet River NWR since this refuge has already been mapped. Great Meadows and Oxbow will begin to be mapped by volunteers this fall.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculata
common buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
glossy buckthorn Rhamnus frangula
spotted knapweed Centaurea maculosa
black swallow-wort Cynanchum nigrum
Japanese knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
bush honeysuckle Lonicera maackii
Japense barberry Berberis thunbergii
common barberry Berberis vulgaris
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp         VA_AmeriCorps                        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers from the Student Conservation Association Massachusetts Parks AmeriCorps program worked for four days in May removing invasive plants from Assabet River NWR. Friends of the Assabet took part in four work parties throughout the summer at Assabet River NWR. Interns for the complex also assisted in invasives control and training volunteers in using the GPS units. In addition there were also volunteers new to the complex and not associated with the Friends group who signed up to help with mapping and control efforts.
Total Number of Volunteers: 15
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 700
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Friends of the Assabet have been assisting with invasive control for several years. This year we also formed a partnership with the Student Conservation Association Massachusetts Parks Americorp program. In addition to these two groups there were also volunteers and interns who participated in invasive mapping training and invasives control on the refuge.


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).
Forty acres of invasives were treated at Assbet River, Oxbow and Great Meadows NWRs through mechanical and herbicide means. Many of the areas that were treated this year were areas that had been treated in the past and in which control will need continue in the future. This year we were also able to remove the invasives in our native wildflower garden that is for public education in front of our headquarters building. There were also two new areas where aggressive invasives were found that needed to be treated. We were able to treat one of those areas and the other has been identified in the draft action plan to treat as a priority in 2007. In addition to the draft action plan for 2007 we also were able to create an early detection and rapid response team for Assabet River NWR. This team will be using new GPS units that were purchased through an additional grant that the refuge received. Over a dozen volunteers were trained in the use of these GPS units and they will use them to map invasives at Great Meadows and Oxbow NWR as well as mapping new infestations at Assabet River NWR.
Number of Acres Treated: 40
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 5
Number of Acres Restored: 0


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 5,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1,275 25.5
Chemical 1,325 26.5
Biocontrol Agents 0
Travel 0
Volunteer Stipends 2,400 48
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 0
Restoration Materials 0
Other 0
TOTAL 5000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was intstrumental in accomplishing invasives control this year at Assabet River NWR. Without this opportunity there would not be enough funding to purchase herbicide or to hire an intern to help refuge staff coordinate work parties and assist with prioritization of invasive control.


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