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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Turnbull NWR EDRR Team
Region: 1
Station: Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Michael Rule 509-235-4723
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Biocontrol agents and chemicals to facilitate the rapid response phase of the project will be ourchased and applied and a Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps member supported through FOTNWR will be hired. The AmeriCorps member will start in September 2007 and will assist with coordinating the Refuge EDRRP through 2008. The AmeriCorps member with the assistance of the Refuge Volunteer Coordinator and Friends of Turnbull NWR will recruit and train volunteers in the use of GPS equipment, survey software and EDRRP protocols.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
Spotted knapweed Centaurea biebersteinii
Diffuse knapweed Centaurea diffusa
Russian knapweed Acroptilon repens
Dalmatian toadflax Linaria dalmatica
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
St. John's Wort Hypericum perforatum
Reed canarygrass Phalaris arundinacea
Rush skeleton weed Chondrilla juncea
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp    VA_AmeriCorps                        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers have assisted with a GPS- based survey of over 500 acres of the refuge, Volunteers have also assisted with spraying herbicides and hand pulling and grubbing weeds.
Total Number of Volunteers: 3
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 400
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Washingtom State Advanced Hunter Education, Washington State Service Corps, Spokane Community College Natural Resources Club


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).
500 acres of the refuge have been surveyed, 190 acres of infested refuge lands have been sprayed and over 400 Metzeneria paucipunctella were released in a large 5 acre infestation of spotted knapweed. Nearly 5 acres of roadsides and public use sites were treated by hand pulling and grubbing. All treatment areas were mapped with GPS.
Number of Acres Treated: 200
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 500
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:

$ $10,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,500.00 15%
Chemical $3,000.00 30%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends $4,500.00 55%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $10,000.00

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
It would be difficult to make the progress controlling invasive plant species that we have made without this program.


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