2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Invasive Plant Species Mapping
Fergus Falls Wetland Management District
Name and Phone Number
Doug Wells 218/736-0636
(Up to 250 words)
The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District (WMD) includes nearly 45,000 ac of lands and waters managed for waterfowl production, prairie preservation, and other related values. One of the threats to meeting management objectives is a reduction in the quality of the upland habitat due to the increasing abundance of invasive exotic plant species. We propose to map occurrences of leafy spurge, common tansy, and spotted knapweed on Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) and units of the Tallgrass Prairie NWR within the boundaries of the Fergus Falls WMD. Particular emphasis will be placed on mapping invasive species on the PWLC (located on Townsend WPA), but the mapping will involve over 55 WPAs. We will utilize hand-held mapping equipment that combines GIS and GPS technology. Mapping and data protocols developed by The Nature Conservancy and other partners will be utilized. Two to three volunteers from the Friends of the PWLC have already expressed an interest in participating in this effort. At least 55 WPAs will be mapped for selected invasive plant species With volunteers providing much of labor and expertise. The data gathered will be utilized immediately to provide direction for integrated pest management which will include a combination of biocontrol, mechanical, and chemical treatment. In the long term, the data gathered will provide baseline data for future monitoring efforts and for adaptive management. One of the outcomes of this project will also involve community outreach, through the PWLC, regarding management of invasive weeds.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers were involved as part of a media blitz around the release of a bioagent for control of spotted knapweed
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
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).
-40 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) searched and mapped for 3 invasive species: common tansy documented and mapped on 6 WPAs (2 new locations); spotted knapweed mapped on 12 WPAs (3 new locations); spruge monitored (previous bioagent releases) and mapped on 29 WPAs (1 new location). -bioagents released at 6 sites on 4 WPAs for knapweed and spurge -chemical treatment of 35 occurrences of common tansy
Number of Acres Treated:
chemical - 6.7 ac; biocontrol - 9.3 ac
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
approximately 5400 ac of uplands on 40 WPAs
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The initial proposal included the use of volunteers to assist with mapping efforts. The learning curve involved with using WIMS precluded, for this year, trying to teach WIMS to volunteers since F%WS staff and our STEP employee dedicated to this project had numerous difficulties using WIMS. We attended the initial training for WIMS and this enabled us to get started in the field but we would have benefitted from additional training or resources after starting to use this system. Aside from this WIMS learning curve, the concept of mapping invasives and tracking the results of treatments using hand held GPS/GIS equipment will work well on our Wetland management District. It will be important to provide for some level of additional paid staff (could be seasonal) to coordinate the system and work with volunteers. We do see the potential to use volunteers as part of this effort but not without some dedicated staff time to make this successful. We plan to evaluate RLGIS to use as our record keeping system; WIMS offers some strong points but we are not sold on the reporting functions or the ease of operation of WIMS.
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