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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Region: 6
Station: Huron Wetland Management District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Harris Hoistad, Project Leader, 605-352-5894 X11
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Huron WMD is initiating implementation of a 2-part approach to inventorying and monitoring current infestations of invasive species. This proposal would allow the district to cover the stipend expenses for 1 SCA volunteer needed to complete implementation. Part 1 (Inventory) utilizes SCA volunteers to conduct a comprehensive inventory of all upland vegetation that is >50% invaded and >ΒΌ acre in patch size. This inventory is 74% complete and will be continued through fall 2007. Part 2 (Early Detection Rapid Response) will be an intended result of the thorough inspection of uplands that is necessary to complete Part 1. If a new invasive species of any patch size is discovered, a rapid, coordinated response will be initiated to ensure the invasive species is eradicated or contained before it becomes so widespread that control becomes technically and/or financially impossible. Using this 2-Part approach, USFWS personnel could compare subsequent year's data to accurately assess progress in controlling invasive species.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense
Sow Thistle Sonchus arvensis
Leafy Spurge Euphorbia esula
Wormwood Artemisia absinthium
Russian Olive Eleagnus angnstifolia
Eastern Red Cedar Juniperous virginiana
Smooth Brome Bromus inermis
Kentucky Bluegrass Poa pratensis
Crested Wheatgrass Agropyron cristsatum
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)
Work will be conducted as part of the duties of 1 volunteer recruited through the Student Conservation Association.
Total Number of Volunteers: 1
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 440
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
We successfully recruited 1 highly qualified intern through the SCA.


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).
This year, with assistance from 1 SCA volunteer, a vegetative cover map will be developed in GIS for approximately 4,500 acres. Combined with previous years' efforts, a total of 17,500 acres on 61 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) will be mapped. Through this mapping effort, 37 acres of Canada thistle and sow thistle, 6.8 acres of volunteer Russian olive, 4.7 acres of volunteer Chinese elm, 0.6 acres of leafy spurge, and 5,180 acres of invasive non-native grasses in patches >1/4 acre have been identified and mapped. Non-native grasses included smooth brome, Kentucky bluegrass, crested wheatgrass, pigeongrass, quackgrass, & downy brome. No patches of wormwood, yellow or dalmation toadflax, salt cedar, spotted or Russian knapweed, or purple loosestrife were identified. Thanks to the second phase of this effort (Early Detection Rapid Response), a coordinated response has already resulted in the restoration of 37 acres (100%) of Canada thistle and sow thistle to planted natives. Further, all identified leafy spurge infestations have been treated using biological control, 2 acres of volunteer Russian olive and Chinese elm saplings were treated with a prescribed burn, and a 2.5-acre shelterbelt consisting primarily of Chinese elm was mechanically removed in 2007. Finally, a large portion of the areas identified as non-native grasses on native sod has been scheduled for prescribed grazing or fire treatments in the coming years.
Number of Acres Treated: N/A
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: Plan to map 4,500 acres in 2007
Number of Acres Restored: N/A


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 8,400

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 2,625 31%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel 1,343 16%
Volunteer Stipends 720 9%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 3,712 44%
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 8,400 100%

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


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