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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Restore Forest Communities at Horicon NWR by Removing Invasive Tree Species
Region: 3
Station: Horicon
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Wendy Woyczik
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Restore 82 acres of Southern Dry-mesic Forest along the Auto Tour Route and Hiking Area within the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). The understory of these forested areas have become choked with buckthorn, honeysuckle and black locust, preventing oak trees from regenerating and shading out native herbaceous understory flora. Area will be mapped and then buckthorn will be cut and treated.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica
Black locust Robinia pseudoacacia
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp        VA_GradIntern                   
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Summer of 2007, Camp Silverbrook Girl Scouts surveyed the entire project area, used a GPS to mark the location of invasive trees and set up photo points. Volunteers from the various school groups cut and piled buckthorn. Friends members crafted pens and walking sticks from buckthorn for educational items to sell in bookstore.
Total Number of Volunteers: 48
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 400
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Girl Scouts, Carroll College, Friends of Horicon NWR, Loras College, Lomira High School, Princeton High School.


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).
44 GPS locations of buckthorn were identified within the 82 acres. Using this data a GIS map was created to prioritize the removal of the buckthorn. Buckthorn, honeysuckle and black locust was cut and treated in 6 of the areas.
Number of Acres Treated: 33
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 82
Number of Acres Restored: 40


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $5,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,500.00 30%
Chemical $500.00 10%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $1,000 20%
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Very Useful. Without this funding we would not have been able to do this project.


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