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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Turnbull NWR early detection and rapid response team
Region: 1
Station: Turnbull NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Michael Rule 509-235-4723
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
In 2004 and 2005, the refuge utilized volunteers from the Friends of Turnbull NWR (FOTNWR) to undertake a refugewide, GPS-based invasive plant survey modeled after the Montana Noxious Weed Survey and Mapping System. Approximately thirty-five percent of the refuge was surveyed resulting in the location of several previously unknown populations of knapweed that received rapid response control actions.(manual removal, chemical application, and biocontrol). A large portion of the refuge, however, has yet to be surveyed and the refuge owns only 1 GPS unit capable of running the TNC WIMS software hindering efforts to adopt this Service approved program and fully implement the refuges Early Detection and Rapid Response Program (EDRRP). Funding from this grant will allow for the purchase of 2 GPS units and software to adopt the WIMS program and expand the early detection surveys in 2006. In addition, funds will be used to acquire biocontrol agents and chemicals to facilitate the rapid response phase of the project. An AmeriCorps member supported through FOTNWR will start in September 2005 and continue the program in 2006. Twenty potential volunteers have already been contacted and WIMS training will be provided for selected volunteers and staff.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  spotted knapweed Centaurea maculosa
diffuse knapweed Centaurea diffusa
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
rush skeleton weed Chondrilla juncea
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
dalmatian toadflax Linaria dalmatica
Russian knapweed Centaurea repens
common mullein Verbascum thapsus
St. John's Wort Hypericum perforatum
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp         VA_AmeriCorps    VA_GradIntern                    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers surveyed 1703 acres of the refuge for target species. Volunteers downloaded data from GPS units and ioprted inforamtion int refuge GIS. They produced maps for refuge weed sprayers. Volunteers also developed step by step field manuals for weed surveys and data treatment. One volunteer worked extensivley with refuge maintenance staff appyinmg chemicals from an ATV. Another crew of volunteers mauualy removed invasive plant species from areas where the refuge is restoring riparian vegetation.
Total Number of Volunteers: 22
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 2500
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Turnbll National Wildlife Refuge, Spokane Community College Horticulture Program, Washington State University Range Science Department, Washington State Depart. of Fish and Wildlife Advanced Hunter Education Program.


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).
In FY 2006, 2 additonal Windows CE GPS units were purchased and the necessary software to complete weed surveys.GPS Units were set-up and 6 volunteers were recruited and trained to conduct surveys for target species. 1703 acres were surveyed and mapped. 521 new locations of target species infestations were identified. Volunteers imported survey data into refuge GIS and produced maps for control efforts. Theses sites and previousily identified infestations for a total of 250 acres were treated with chemicals and biological agents purchased with grant funds. Preliminary results of control efforts indicate that control goals are being met on several infestations including three sites with leafy spurge that have defied past control efforts past.
Number of Acres Treated: 250
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 1703
Number of Acres Restored: 0


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 11,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $8398.25 76%
Chemical $1398.00 13%
Biocontrol Agents $640.00 6%
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials

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


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