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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: "Pulling together in NW Minnesota" - continued development of private/public partnerships for EDER of invasive species on units of the NWRS
Region: 3
Station: Detroit Lakes WMD
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Scott Kahan 218-844-3403
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Conserving rare habitats on units of the NWRS utilizing public/private partnerships to achieve invasive species management using a variety of IPM techniques and Early Detection/Early Response (EDER) protocols for the inventory, control, and monitoring of invasive plant species.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  plumeless thistle Carduus acanthoides
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
crown vetch Coronilla varia
spotted knapweed Centaurea biebersteinii
common buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
box elder Acer negundo
reed canarygrass Phalaris arundinacea
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp                                 VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Interns from Concordia college, and the Friends of the Detroit Lakes WMD assisted with collection of weed inventory data, and collection/release of biological control agents in the 5 County WMD. All of Becker and Norman Counties were mapped for invasive species.
Total Number of Volunteers: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 1,000
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Partners included: Concordia College, Friends of the DLWMD, MN Dept of Agriculture, Clay County, MN DOT


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).
All of the federal Waterfowl Production Areas in Becker, and Norman county were inventoried for invasive species. These inventories were collected using GIS/GPS (WIMS). In addition, over 200,000 biological controls were released on the WMD for leafy spurge/knapweed.
Number of Acres Treated: 10 (new release sites that will grow over time)
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 13,000
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 8000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends 8000 100
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 8000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
TNC's WIMS system was recommended for this project. The system was extremely "buggy" and we lost numerous days of inventory work due to technical glitches. Our accomplishments were good; however, it could have been better w/ less technical problems/a more stable mapping system.


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