2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Purple Loosestrife Biological Control
Name and Phone Number
Vickie Hirschboeck 608-539-2311 x 12
(Up to 250 words)
The Refuge has developed a consistent method of mass rearing the Gallerucella beetles that can easily be accomplished by school groups or other volunteers. The students set up an insectory, collect adult beetles from an infested site and allow them to multiply in the cages. The Montessori School in La Crescent , Minnesota has taken on the project and incorporated it into one of their learning units. Students learn math, science, and other subjects while contributing valuable efforts to invasive plant control
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)
Students will set up rearing cages, pot plants, collect and release adult beetles into the cages. Once the beetles reproduce the students will return the potted plants with beetle larvae attached to infested wetlands.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
La Crescent Montessori School
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).
Number of Acres Treated:
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?
This program is t he only method currently being used to control purple loostrife on the Refuge. It could not be accomplished without volunteers. With additional funding the program could be replicated at other schools.
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