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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive Free Zone
Region: 3
Station: Whittlesey Creek NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Darienne McNamara 715-685-2648
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This cooperative project targets multiple invasive plants on a landscape scale and across ownership boundaries. Our goal is to eliminate invasive plants on the Refuge (540 acre acquisition area), private in-holdings, and adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (180 acres). Systematic invasive plant identification, documentation, mapping, control and monitoring efforts began in 2005. The Invasive Free Zone Management Plan (available online at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/WhittleseyCreek/) outlines the approach in more detail. With this grant, we will work with partners to map and treat buckthorn, exotic honeysuckle, bull thistle, burdock, and other biennial species within the Invasive Free Zone.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Common buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Glossy buckthorn Rhamnus frangula
Tartarian honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp            VA_GardenClub                VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Hand-pulling buckthorn and honeysuckle seedlings near the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.
Total Number of Volunteers: 30
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 60
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
U.S. FOREST SERVICE - helped coordinate public work day; provided facility for hosting an educational session and complimentary lunch for volunteers; provided additional funding for volunteer incentives (leather gloves, pizza); 4 USFS staff volunteered NORTHLAND COLLEGE - helped market a public event; half of the volunteers were from the Northland College Student Association


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) Establishment of the Weed Warrior Award. Program funds will be used to purchase awards for volunteers who spend the most time conducting invasive species treatment on their own land or public lands. Awards will be given in August, 2008. 2) Two public work days at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (headquarters for the Whittlesey Creek NWR) which combined an educational session and 2 hours of on-the-ground eradication efforts. 3) Increased invasive-free area within the Invasive Free Zone. This project helped eradicate the last generation of buckthorn and honeysuckle from a forest that was heavily infested with both species 3 years ago. Adult plants were cut and treated annually since 2005, leaving mostly seedlings behind. Volunteers contributed 60 hours to hand-pull seedlings and eradicated invasive species from 8 acres of forest.
Number of Acres Treated: 8
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 0
Number of Acres Restored: 0


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $5500

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 0
Chemical 130
Biocontrol Agents 0
Travel 0
Volunteer Stipends 0
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 5100
Restoration Materials 0
Other 270
TOTAL 5500

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was VERY USEFUL for achieving refuge invasive species objectives. For volunteer work, it is important to have a paid coordinator. We appreciate that your program recognizes that and uses program funds to support coordinator salaries.


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