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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Ruby Valley Cooperative Weed Management Project, Part II
Region: 8
Station: Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Martha Collins 775-779-2237
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Following through with what was begun last year, refuge staff continued to work with local landowners as well as the Ruby Valley Soil Conservation District to stop the spread of saltcedar in Ruby Valley. In 2006, refuge staff and equipment assisted with treating saltcedar trees on two private ranches. In 2007, 8 volunteers hand-cut numerous stems of large saltcedar trees on islands within refuge water management units, while refuge staff followed up with chemical treatment of the cut ends. Under a contract issued last year, the county road right-of-way through the refuge was treated this year to reduce this vector of weed spread. Another contract was issued this year, for treatment in 2008.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Saltcedar Tamarisk ramosissima
Scoth 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 to treat over 40 acres of saltcedar, including more than 500 trees. Additional volunteers hand-cut numerous stems of large saltcedar trees (about 125 total) within an area of about 2 acres on the refuge.
Total Number of Volunteers: 6 last year and 8 this year (14 total)
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 32 last year and 48 this year (80 total)
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Ruby Valley Soil Conservation District supplied spray equipment for saltcedar treatment and paid for treatment of the County Road right-of-way north of Harrison Pass in 2006. Treatment of the County Road right-of-way south of Harrison Pass to the south boundary of the refuge was completed in 2007, and will be repeated next year.


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, approximately 42 acres and 625 saltcedar trees have been treated in Ruby Valley on two ranches and the refuge. Overall, there was good success on at least one ranch, although some re-treatment will be necessary. These infestations will continue to be monitored in 2008 and re-treated as necessary. By then, additional treatment success should be noted. Chemical and supplies procured last year were used on the saltcedar treatment this year, and the contract to treat the County Road right-of-way (with funds obligated last year) was completed this year. Saltcedar was treated on the refuge this year, as planned, and funds for a contract to re-treat the County Road right-of-way next year were obligated this year. Although not measurable, success has already been achieved 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 refuge staff.
Number of Acres Treated: 40 last year and 2 this year (42 total)
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:

$ $9,956.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $3,190.00 32%
Chemical $6,766.00 68%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $9,956.00 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program has been invaluable for Ruby Lake NWR. Although the ranchers whose land was treated last year were not able to assist with treatment on the refuge (as committed and planned), other ranchers and their children did help out on the refuge. Until now, these ranchers have not had the equipment, finances, or manpower to treat the infestations on their land.


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