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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Control Invasive Trees on Mixed-grass Prairie
Region: 6
Station: Kirwin NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Craig Mowry
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Many acres of mixed-grass prairie on the refuge have invasive non-native trees growing on them. These trees degrade prairie habitat for migratory grassland nesting birds. As a group, these birds are declining faster and sharper than any other group of birds in North America. Kirwin NWR is recognized by the American Bird Conservancy as a Globally Important Bird Area. Control of invasive trees will incorporate the latest techniques. Research has led to the following suggested actions: control burn to eliminate many small invasive trees, cut the trees and spot treat the stumps with herbicide, assess and retreat with herbicide in following years if necessary.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Siberian elm Ulmus pumila
Russian olive
honey locust
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 cut invasive trees with chainsaws, then apply herbicide to the stumps to prevent regrowth.
Total Number of Volunteers: 7
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 280
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
North Central Kansas Weed Management Area, Phillips County Weed Department, Kansas Department of Corrections.


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 volunteers inventoried and mapped invasive trees on 320 acres of refuge grasslands. The volunteers then cut those trees and applied the herbicide to the stumps.
Number of Acres Treated: 320
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 320
Number of Acres Restored: 320


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 5,100 85
Chemical 900 15
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 6,000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The program was very useful! The program allowed the refuge to improve habitat for the group of birds in the most need of conservation in North America, the grassland birds.


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