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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Friends Against Invasives - A Statewide Project
Region: 7
Station: Regional Office
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Maeve Taylor, (907) 786-3391
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges accomplished invasive weed pulls and education activities at six Alaska national wildlife refuges (Tetlin, Kodiak, Kanuti, Kenai, Izembek, and Alaska Maritime Refuges.) Volunteers traveled to remote locations, were trained by FWS staff in invasive plant identification, and then pulled target species in key areas. Volunteers also presented educational programs to the general public, schools, and media.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  white sweetclover Melilotus alba
dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Canada thistle Cersium arvense
orange hawkweed Hieracium aurantiacum
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)
Volunteers travelled hundreds of miles to reach remote areas where invasive plants are growing on the edge of our wildlife refuges. Volunteers pulled invasive weeds, and in one case applied chemical herbicide. Volunteers also conducted outreach programs to Refuge communities, conducted educational programs to a school, and gave interviews for local media.
Total Number of Volunteers: 79
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 1100
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges is a new nonprofit, and this was their first big project to help refuges. Thus this succesful project formed a strong bond between the Friends and the Service. The project also helped the Friends connect to individual field stations and work with Service staff that many of the Friends had not worked with before. In addition, for the Kanuti Refuge project the Friends partnered with an AmericCorps group of 8 youth (sponsored by a Native Corporation)to spend a week erradicating white sweet clover from the sides of rivers headed into the Refuge's interior. The Native youth in the group mentioned how they enjoyed working with "the elders.)


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 Friends visited key areas with threatening invasives in six Alaska refuges. Invasive plants were controlled at all six sites, consisting of hundreds of bags of pulled plant material. Community informational meetings were held in five communities and school programs were conducted in remote Unalaska on Alaska Maritime Refuge.
Number of Acres Treated: approximately 20 acres
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:

$ 20,000.

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,784. 8.9%
Chemical $361. 1.8%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $13,050. 65.3%
Volunteer Stipends $4805. 24%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 20,000. 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This project was succesful in both erradicating small patches of invasive plants about to spread into pure wild lands and also in invigorating public understanding and support for the project. The Friends are committed to participating in this project again next year and are willing to donate more of their own personal money to cover the cost of food stipends. With the expansion of the Friends membership across the state, travel costs next year will be less expensive as well. The Friends were able to assist with projects that Refuge staff have been unable to afford the staff time for.


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