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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Spraying Phragmites on Bulls Island
Region: 4
Station: Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Sarah Dawsey 843-928-3264
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Phragmites australis was discovered in the late 1980's on Bull's Island, the largest barrier island of the refuge. Devastation of the forest from Hurricane Hugo in 1989 prevented early eradication efforts and it was not until 2000 that herbicide application of Rodeo began specifically to eliminate Phragmites. All efforts at eradication on Bulls Island have only kept this invasive species from rapid expansion. A new chemical being utilized today is Habitat Herbicide. It is reported to have a much better success at eradication of Phragmites. This project would allow for the use of Habitat Herbicide on all patches of Phragmites during the fall of 2006 with the assistance of volunteers for application and monitoring.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Phragmites Phragmites austalis
Chinese Tallow Sapium sebiferum
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)
The volunteers will assist Refuge personnel in application and monitoring of Phragmites patches.
Total Number of Volunteers: Five
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 176
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).


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 patches of phragmites were located and treated. In addition, tallow eradication was begun using hack and squirt method for the large parent trees. Approximately 20 acres were treated. Effectiveness of the treatment of both the tallow and phragmites will not be known until the spring/summer of 2007. In addition, foliar application to chines tallow will be done in the summer of 2007 with the help of volunteers.
Number of Acres Treated: Approximately 20
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 0
Number of Acres Restored: 5


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 4,800

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $859 18%
Chemical $3941 82%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $4800 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?


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