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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Ruby Valley Cooperative Weed Management Project
Region: 8
Station: Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Matt Chouinard 775-779-2237
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Refuge staff are working with local landowners as well as the local Soil Conservation District on a project to stop the spread of saltcedar in Ruby Valley. In 2006 and 2007, Refuge staff and local volunteers will be locating, treating, and monitoring saltcedar trees where they are found throughout the valley. In 2006, we will be also treating the county road right-of-way through the Refuge to eliminate this vector of weed spread.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Saltcedar Tamarisk ramosissima
Scotch thistle Onopordum acanthium
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
Hoary cress Cardaria draba
Musk thistle Carduus nutans
Russian knapweed Centaurea repens
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
                        VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
To date volunteers have assisted with locating saltcedar trees on ranches throughout the valley, and have provided equipment and time towards treating over 40 acres of saltcedar, including more than 500 trees.
Total Number of Volunteers: 6
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 32
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Ruby Valley Soil Conservation District has supplied spray equipment for saltcedar treatment and paid for treatment of the County Road right-of-way. This treatment was partially completed in 2006 and we anticipate treatment of the County Road from Secret Pass to the south boundary of Ruby Lake NWR in 2007.


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).
To date we have treated approximately 40 acres and 500 saltcedar trees in Ruby Valley on 2 ranches. We will monitor these infestations in 2007 and retreat as needed. By then, some measure of treatment success should be noted. We have also procured chemical and supplies for saltcedar treatment in 2006-2007 and obligated funds to have the County Road right-of-way treated in 2007. We are planning to treat saltcedar in 2007, and several local residents have already volunteered to help. Though not measurable, we have already achieved success by working with local ranchers that have always been critical of the Refuge in the past. To hear them say "thank you for helping us" was no small success for the Refuge.
Number of Acres Treated: 40
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 600
Number of Acres Restored: unknown


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 8980.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 658.45 7
Chemical 5872.00 65
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other 2449.55 28

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program has been excellent for Ruby Lake National Wildife Refuge. To date, we have treated over 500 saltcedar trees over 40 acres on the Wines and McQueary ranches in Ruby Valley. Until now, these ranchers have never had the equipment, finances, or manpower to treat the infestations on their land. Both were very appreciative and have already agreed to help with treatment of saltcedar on the refuge.


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