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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Establishing a fire lane to reduce perennial pepperweed intrusion to Parker River NWR
Region: 5
Station: Parker River NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Nancy Pau 978-465-5753 x211
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Continue control of invasive perennial pepperweed within Parker River Refuge and establish a control zone or "fire lane" north of the Refuge where existing stands are a source of seeds to re-colonize refuge land and thwart earlier efforts to preserve the marsh's integrity. Perennial Pepperweed is a relatively new invasive plant to Northeast United States, and currently has been documented in only Massachusetts and Connecticut. Eradication of this invasive plant is likely at Parker River Refuge and surrounding watershed through early detection and coordianted control with partners and private landowners.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Perennial Pepperweed Lepedium latifolium
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp                    VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers helped to pull perennial pepperweed in the months of June and August (prior to seed set). All pepperweed, including bolting stems and rosettes are pulled from a site. All the hand-pulling sites were monitored, and if pepperweed reprout, they are pulled for a second time in August.
Total Number of Volunteers: 69 individuals (8 volunteered twice)
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 250
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
This CCS grant was combined with a grant from NFWF for a total project cost of 19,000. MA Audubon was a partner in planning the project and recruiting volunteers. Volunteer groups included the Gulf of Maine Institute Teams from Newburyport and Lowell, Newburyport High School Students, Groundwork Lawrence (Middle school children) and First Year Student Outreach from Boston University. Other volunteers include community members, local landowners, and staff from Eight Towns and the Bay and the MassBay's program. 18 landowners granted FWS/Audubon permission to control pepperweed on their property. The local newspaper, Daily News, provide much outreach for this project through announcement and various featured articles.


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).
We mapped all pepperweed within a mile of the Refuge, and controlled all pepperweed on the Refuge as well as its northern border. On the Refuge, we treated all pepperweed found within a 12.5 square mile area (15 sites sprayed and 31 sites pulled. Off-Refuge, we pulled over 3,000 pounds of pepperweed from 9 sites totaling 4,193 square meters, creating a 1 kilometer continuous streatch of pepperweed free area on the south side of the tunrpike leading to the Refuge. During the project, we significantly increased community awareness of perennial pepperweed. We hosted 3 invasive workshops, contacted 9 community groups about the pepperweed effort, educated 32 landowners with pepperweed on their property, and outreached to over 400 high school students in Newburyport. We developed and a 8x10 color pepperweed identification sheet and a 11x17 color poster identifying several invasives in the Great Marsh. The posters and ID sheets were distributed locally to conservation groups, schools, community groups and to volunteers. The local paper provided great support for this project by advertising our workshops and work days, and wrote 2 front-page articles on the project.
Number of Acres Treated: 1.83 ac (55 sites spread over 14 square miles)
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 5 acres
Number of Acres Restored: 50 acres


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 5,000 (+14,000 from NFWF)

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 370
Chemical 320
Biocontrol Agents
Travel 510
Volunteer Stipends 0
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 17,800
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 19,000

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


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