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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Chestnut Ridge Trail Invasive Species Removal
Region: 03
Station: Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Donna Stanley/Marc Webber
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The one-quarter mile Chestnut Ridge Interpretive Trail by the Muscatatuck Visitor Center was heavily infested with autumn olive-effectively crowding out native vegetation. Volunteers removed autumn olive from the trail area and treated the stumps in an effort to create a "demonstration" autumn olive-free zone where native plants might return.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp                            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Chopping, removing, and treating stumps of autumn olive in trail area.
Total Number of Volunteers: 98
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: Approximately 1,000
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Indiana Master Naturalists, National Public Lands Day volunteers. Volunteer Interns, Refuge Rangers, School groups, Boy Scouts


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).
Several hundred large loads of autumn olive were removed from the trail area and the stumps treated to prevent resprouting. It is expected that native plants will return to the "autumn olive-free zone".
Number of Acres Treated: N/A
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: N/A
Number of Acres Restored: N/A


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 4,500.

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $4,455. 99
Chemical $45. 1
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $4,500. 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Very useful and we are looking forward to future projects of this type.


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