2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Norway Lake Township prairie/oak savanna restoration project.
Litchfield Wetland Management District
Name and Phone Number
(Up to 250 words)
Invasive woody vegetation degrades critical habitat important to declining grassland and oak savanna dependant birds. This project will result in the removal of invasive woody vegetation from a 600 acre grassland and oak savanna restoration project area on the Randall Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) and adjacent private lands using Minnesota Master Naturalist Program (MMNP) volunteers. In 2005 removal of invasive woody vegetation began on the Randall WPA and adjacent lands. Due to limited funding and workforce, areas have yet to be treated and treated areas need additional followup work. The MMNP requires participants to log 40 hours of volunteer conservation work annually. The MMNP coordinator has enthusiastically agreed to help coordinate and recruit volunteers for this project.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Minnesota Master Naturlist used loppers and hand saws to remove invasive woody vegetation from areas that previously had larger trees removed using heavy equipment. During the initial treatment phase smaller trees and brush that was too small to be effectively controlled using heavy equipment was left and these small trees needed to be treated. Due to several reasons, some of the previously treated larger trees had not been treated with herbicide and resprouted. The MMN volunteers also cut these resprouts and the cut resprouts were then treated with herbicide by Service employees. Some areas of smaller trees that had not been treated previously were also cut and treated. In addition to removing invasive species the MMN volunteers also spent some time collecting native plant seeds for a restoration project and participated in additional activities designed to educate them on the prairie ecosystem. These included birding activities, and presentations from specialists on prairie invertibrates and the geology of the area.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Minnesota Master Naturalist University of Minnesota Steve Harms and Robyn Freeze (Private Landowners)
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).
Resprouting and small trees and brush were cut and treated with herbicide on approximately 90 acres in 4 areas of prairie and grassland that had previously been treated using heavy equipment. Trees and brush were cut and treated with herbicide on an additional 30 acres that had not been previously treated. Approximately 60 acres of the areas were native prairie. Approximately 120 acres were treated directly but this area enfluenced adjacent areas covering approximately 600 acres. Seeds were collected from 24 species of native plants that are difficult to find commercially and even more difficult to find local ecotype seed from. A cooperative effort was initiated between the the Litchfield office and the MMNP which will develop over time and provide additional opportunites to use this program on Service lands. The project is not yet completed. Some of the funding of this grant was used to contract work to remove large trees (primarily Box Elder and Green Ash) from several sites that were formally oak savanna and oak woodland. Additionally, the contractor will remove large seed producing trees from strategic locations adjacent to grasslands to prevent spreading by seed. This work will be done in the fall or early winter.
Number of Acres Treated:
120 directly, 600 indirectly
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
I commented on the other grant we got. I like this grant process. It is simple and flexible which allows greater ability to get things done.
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