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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Early Detection Rapid Response, Monitoring and Mapping of High Priority Invasive Species with Nisqually NWRC Weed Warriors
Region: 1
Station: Nisqually NWR Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Jean Takekawa, 360-753-9467
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project continues a successful program of early detection and rapid response, monitoring and mapping of invasive species on Nisqually NWRC (NNWRC) by Weed Warrior volunteers. Efforts focus on detecting, mapping, treating, and monitoring new infestations of highest priority invasive plants. Numerous species pose substantial threats and require an early detection rapid response program to preclude new infestations from becoming established. Monitoring and mapping locations and treatment areas of more established and widespread weeds is beneficial to control the spread of established weeds. This program hinges on an AmeriCorps intern coordinating the volunteer effort to detect, map, treat, and monitor invasive species utilizing Refuge GPS and GIS capabilities to collect data and maintain databases and maps.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  purple loosestrife lythrum salicarira
gorse ulex europaeus
scotch broom cytisus scoparius
poison hemlock conium maculatum
tansy ragwort senecio jacobaea
spurge laurel daphne laureola
perennial pepperweed lepidium latifolium
common burdock arctium minus
bull thistle cirsium vulgare
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp    VA_AmeriCorps                       
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The Refuge has an existing group of volunteers called the Nisqually Refuge Weed Warriors that are significant in controlling emerging weeds and a fledgling Grays Harbor NWR Refuge Weed Warrior group. Three hundred and sixty five volunteers gave over 779 hours to monitoring, surveying, removing and GPSing 27 species of invasive plants on the Refuge Complex!!! We hired an AmeriCorps-Washington Conservation Corps to coordinate volunteers, mapping efforts and complete the project work started in FY2007 and finished in FY2008.
Total Number of Volunteers: 365
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 779
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Refuge Complex falls within the Chehalis River and Nisqually River Cooperative Weed Management Areas and partners include Grays Harbor, Lewis, Thurston and Pierce County Weed Boards, a number of state and county agencies, NGOs and Tribes. In addition, Washington Conservation Corps and the Nisqually Friends Group are significant contributing partners.


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).
An AmeriCorps-Washington Conservation Corps intern was hired to coordinate the Refuge Weed Warrior program for FY07-08. He organized 54 different work parties involving 75 volunteers, 51 of whom were first-time participants and 24 were continuing members in the Weed Warrior program. These few volunteers gave over 779 hours of service to the Refuge complex!!! Over 28 species of non-native, invasive plant were monitored and over 35 monitoring surveys were conducted. Over 280 acres were surveyed for different species at different times of the year. Volunteers gave 779 hours to invasive plant control efforts on the Nisqually NWR Complex. Early detection by Refuge Weed Warriors and a rapid response by staff and volunteers has lead to excellent control of some noxious weeds such as perennial pepperweed (Lepidum latifolium), spurge laurel (Daphne laureola), gorse (Ulex europaeus ), poison hemlock (Conium maculatum), European holly (Ilex aquifolium ), English ivy (Hedera hibernica, H. helix ), butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii ), teasel (Dipsacus fullonum ) and old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba) at the Refuge complex and will most likely allow for eradication of these species at minimal cost. This is the 2nd year the Black River purple loosestrife was surveyed twice during its bloom time and shows much lower survival rate due to our efforts. GIS database files of invasive plant infestations were updated with this year’s efforts at all three Refuge locations.
Number of Acres Treated: 32
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 268
Number of Acres Restored: 25


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $9,700

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies est. $700 85
Biocontrol Agents
Travel est. $1,000 10%
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $8,000 82%
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 9,700

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


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