2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Control Invasive Trees on Mixed-grass Prairie
Name and Phone Number
(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:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
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:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
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.
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:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
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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