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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasives Species Grant
Region: 5
Station: Rachel Carson NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Kate OBrien 207 646 9226
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project will control invasive plants at four important focus areas covering approximately 30 acres at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. This project will begin to restore 10 acres for New England cottontail. The four areas which will be targeted for work include; the Carson Trail in the Upper Wells Division, a rare plant site at Brave Boat Harbor, a high quality shrubland site which has a State endangered plant, and finally an area which is being restored to New England cottontail habitat. We will reach out to the community and work with volunteers to accomplish our goals. We will sponsor a minimum of 10 volunteer work days, draft a minimum of 1 press release, and invite members of the press to attend our events. On each work day we will incorporate environmental education regarding invasive plants.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
Black Swallow-wort Cynanchum louiseae
Glossy Buckthorn Frangula alnus
Oriental Bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus
Honeysuckle sps. Lonicera sp.
Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii
Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata
Burning Bush Euonymus alatus
Multiflora Rose Rosa multiflora
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
        VA_AmeriCorps        VA_GardenClub    VA_StudentConsAssoc        VA_MGardener    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Our volunteer base included members of the local community, Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), New England Wildflower Society (NEWFS), Plant Conservation Volunteer Corps (PCVs), Rachel Carson interns, Maine Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), and Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) volunteers. Volunteers contributed primarily by hand-pulling invasives, such as the several species pulled on the Carson Trail, or garlic mustard pulled at the Brave Boat Harbor rare plant site. Volunteers also helped cover swallowwort with landscape fabric at a New England cottontail restoration site; several community landowners were willing to mow swallowwort on their own property. We were able to acquire half of the needed landscape fabric (for swallowwort treatment) through donations and purchased the remaining fabric.
Total Number of Volunteers: 69
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 400
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
We've continued our successful partnership with the Maine Natural Areas Program, and the New England Wildflower Society's Invasive Plant Atlas of New England and the Plant Conservation Volunteers for removal of garlic mustard at our rare plant site. We partnered with Americorps NCC for the first time this year and we had an active Refuge volunteer program as well, which helped us clear invasive plants off of the Carson trail.


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).
Through community volunteers, invasive plants were manually removed from the entire Carson Trail visitor area (43 acres.), and garlic mustard was pulled throughout the rare plant site at Brave Boat Harbor (7 acres). Due to large volunteer turnout, we were able to extend our treatment of Carson Trail (beyond the project proposal) to the entire area surrounding Headquarter buildings. Both sites will be monitored for re-establishment via the seedbank in 2007. Swallowwort on Kelly field and adjacent patches was mowed to prevent seed dispersal. To eradicate this invasive from habitat of the rare New England cottontail, the swallowwort was covered with landscape fabric (0.5 acres); this treatment will last 1 year, followed by restoration with native plant seed. We worked with a private landowner in Wells to mow an additional 1.5 acres of swallowwort on adjacent to the Refuge. We drafted a press release, detailing our purple loosestrife biological control program. In addition to original project proposal goals, we educated local landowners through a workshop on invasive plant identification and control techniques.
Number of Acres Treated: 59.4
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 253.2
Number of Acres Restored: 50


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 8,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 0
Chemical 0
Biocontrol Agents 0
Travel 600 7.5
Volunteer Stipends 0
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 7100 88.5
Restoration Materials 300 4.0
TOTAL 8,000 8,000

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The program enabled us to hire an seasonal employee to oversee and implement control efforts, recruit volunteers, plan volunteer days and undertake outreach activities. This important work would not have taken place without this funding as we have extremely limited staff capacity. The program helped us to reach our invasive plant control goals, begin restoration on a New England cottontail site and protect rare plants occurring on the Refuge.


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