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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Volunteer Invasive Weed Control Project
Region: 6
Station: Ouray NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Dan Alonso, 435-545-2522
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Saltcedar and Russian olive are an aggressive invasive weed that displaces native habitat on approximately 3,000 acres on Ouray NWR. Control of saltcedar and Russian olive is essential to preserve or restore wetlands and riparian areas, but even more so in canals that deliver water and along wetland banks. Those seed sources will easily spread to even more areas of the Refuge. Extensive work has already been accomplished. Those areas now need to be maintained weed free and expanded on as funding and personnel allow.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Saltcedar Tamarix spp.
Russian olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
                    VA_StudentConsAssoc            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers assisted with maintenance of recent saltcedar and Russian olive control. Additional saltcedar and Russian olive were also removed in 2006 along a canal that delivers water to wetlands.
Total Number of Volunteers: 3
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 316
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Student Conservation Association, Utah's Dedicated Hunter Program, and Ouray NWR.


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).
Much progress has been made in control of saltcedar and Russian Olive in areas that once had substantial invasions. The SCA volunteer checked over 70 acres with past treatments only needing to treat a handful of regrowth. Another 70+ acres were maintained by the SCA volunteer and Refuge staff. New areas of control were initiated in the fall of 2006 totalling 1.1 acres in areas that are very difficult to get equipment in, thus requiring cutting by hand and treatment of stumps or use of basal bark treatments. The SCA volunteer also assisted with the Refuge-wide weed inventory project.
Number of Acres Treated: 74.2
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 2553
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $6,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Chemical $3,051 51%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $2,949 49%
Restoration Materials

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program is essential for continued control of saltcedar and Russian olive. The funding allows the Refuge to hire an SCA volunteer for the summer and buy needed chemical to complete the projects.


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