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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Alligatorweed Removal
Region: 4
Station: Tallahatchie NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Becky Rosamond, 662-226-8286
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Treat alligatorweed with herbicide and fleabeetles. Monitor the effectiveness of the treatment. Provide informational signs and brochures at boat ramp to reduce spread.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  alligatorweed Alternanthera philoxeroides
Project Status: Completed
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)
Volunteers evaluated the impacts of chemical treatment of alligatorweed on control of the population.
Total Number of Volunteers: 8
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 16
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
This project was a partnership between the USFWS and the Audubon Master Naturalist Program. Interest resulting in part from this project has led to the formation of a local outdoors club which may assist with control efforts in the future.


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).
Staff treated a total of 1.3 miles of Tippo Bayou (primarily shoreline) and released alligatorweed fleabeetles in 4 additional locations to begin control of alligatorweed on the refuge. Additionally, through the development of educational materials and volunteer activities, an estimated 600 people have been educated on the identification, impacts, and control of aquatic invasives.
Number of Acres Treated: 14
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 20
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:

$ $3,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,700 90%
Chemical $300 10%
Biocontrol Agents
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?
The program provided a good start for treatment and monitoring of this species--something that may not have happened without this program. However, due to the nature of the species and the current extent of its range, refuge staff will have to continue with annual treatments.


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