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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Eradication of kudzu (Pueraria lobata) at Cache River NWR
Region: 4
Station: Cache River NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Eric S. Johnson 870-347-2074
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Begin process of chemical control of kudzu. Complete control will require 3 years of intense chemical application.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  kudzu pueraria montana
Project Status: InProgress
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)
Interns sprayed Transline chemical on kudzu and received training on kudzu control from a professional applicator. Interns provided assistance with set up of the professional application.
Total Number of Volunteers: 2
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 64
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Also involved adjacent landowners to make them aware of the problem and involved them with access and assistance. A local farmer is supplying a storage area for equipment, and a local agricultural applicator company is supplying water.


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).
Kudzu effectively died off where it was sprayed in 3 locations; about 15 acres. In these small patches some very tall vines were not effectively sprayed because they could not be reached. These tall vines will be cut and treated this winter so all vines will be treatable next growing season. An additional 14 acres were treated by a professional applicator as these sites were too complex for interns to effectively treat.
Number of Acres Treated: 29
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 13
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 9,520.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $2,370.00 25
Chemical $1,860.00 20
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends $200.00 2
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $9,520.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was useful and the funds greatly appreciated. With the funds we were able to construct an applicator tank that can be pulled behind an ATV. The applicator will be useful in treating exotics for years to come. The use of volunteers works for small areas or areas that are not too complex. The program could be improved by allowing the funds to be multi-year because effectively controlling exotics is often a multi-year process.


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