U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Logo U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Mapping of invasive boxelder, buckthorn and spotted knapweed infestations on WPA's and adjacent lands
Region: 3
Station: St. Croix WMD
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
David McConnell 715.246.7784
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The St. Croix WMD needs to establish baseline data via mapping for the following invasive species: boxelder; buckthorn, and spotted knapweed. These species are the Districts primary invasive management challenges. Volunteers working with a paid supervisor will be responsible for mapping areas of infestation on 13 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA) located in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. An infestation as defined for this project is: An area greater than ΒΌ acre containing a minimum of 25 individual plants of the 3 target species. Work will be completed by the end of October, 2006
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Spotted kanpweed Centaurea maculosa
Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Boxelder Acer negundo
Leafy spurge Eurhoriba esula
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers are walking the selected WPAs and marking boundaries of infestations using GPS receivers. The waypoints are then converted to Arcview shapefiles and entered into the Stations WMDGIS program for use in management planning.
Total Number of Volunteers: 8
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 400
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Star Prairie Fish and Game


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).
1,637 acres have been surveyed on 7 WPAs with 8.4 acres of spotted knapweed, 13.3 acres of buckthorn, and 28.6 acres of boxelder infestations mapped. The group has also mapped 0.9 acres of leafy spurge.
Number of Acres Treated:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 1,637
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 3500

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1000 29
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 2500 71
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 3500 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The program is focusing on WPAs that have either been converted to local ecotype prairie or will soon be converted. By having mapped areas of infestations it will help the District in planning future management needs to insure quality habitat is maintained. The program already has identified a unit that was planted in 2004 and has an infestation of boxelders that might have been missed for several years if the program was not in place.


- Return to Main Menu -