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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Invasive Plant Control on Kodiak Refuge: A Partnered Integrated Pest Management Project
Region: 7
Station: Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Bill Pyle, (907) 487-2600
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Primary purposes were to continue control of orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) on Camp Island, Kodiak Refuge; to initiate control of Canada thistle (Cirsium canadensis) on Garden Island, Alaska Maritime Refuge, Uganik Bay; and to conduct weed outreach and surveys.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Orange hawkweed Hieracium aurantiacum
Canada thistle Cirsium canadensis
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts                VA_GardenClub    VA_StudentConsAssoc            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers assisted with all aspects of the refuge's invasive plant management program including surveillance, mapping, outreach, and control (mechanical and chemical) operations.
Total Number of Volunteers: 41
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 490
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Alaska Association of Conservation Districts; Alaska Department. of Transportation; Boy Scouts of America (Great Alaska Council); Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges; Girl Scouts of America (Susitna Council); Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District; Kodiak Garden Club; KVOK Radio Station; Student Conservation Association; University of Alaska Extension Service; Woody Island Tribal Council


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).
Results from monitoring of hawkweed response indicated a 55% decline in distribution and 98% decline in density following seven herbicide (Transline®) applications (June 2003-June 2006). Since 2004, most hawkweed growth has consisted of seedlings and young plants, which apparently germinated from the extensive pre-treatment seed pool. As revealed by photo retakes, native grasses have dramatically increased and now dominate cover of on meadow sites formerly infested by hawkweed. Missions to Uganik Bay included establishment of plots to measure response of Canada thistle to treatment, mowing the thistle stand, and surveying for invasive plants at remote lodges, a cannery, and commercial fishing sites. Of the six sites visited, three contained weeds of concern and facility owners at two sites had initiated mechanical control--in response to previous outreach contact. The refuge teamed with the Woody Island Tribal Council and Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District in a "weed pull", an event geared to heighten the Kodiak community's awareness of threats posed by invasive plants, and information resources and methods of control pertaining to them. Broadcast live by KVOK, a local radio station, the effort attracted 10 organizations, garnered participation of 30 volunteers, and produced 50 bags of hawkweed for incineration. Lessons learned and successes achieved by the refuge and its partners were communicated via radio interviews, newspaper articles, the county fair, and to participants of the annual meeting of the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plant Management (CNIPM), an interagency group focused on facilitating statewide management of invasive plants.
Number of Acres Treated: 5
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 10
Number of Acres Restored: 3


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 12,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 3,796.62 31.64
Biocontrol Agents
Travel 8,131.09 67.76
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other 72.29 0.60
TOTAL 12,000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
It's a struggle to meet program grant matching requirements wholly with in-kind services contributed by volunteers. This is due to the high project costs associated with transportation to remote regions of Alaska NWRs, including Kodiak. Application of the program in Alaska could be improved if the matching requirement was reduced to 25% non-federal: 75% federal.


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