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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Invasive Species Monitoring and Control
Region: 5
Station: Iroquois NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Thomas P. Roster, 585-948-5445 x202
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
From 2003-2005 the Iroquois NWR completed an inventory where all refuge common reed stands were surveyed and mapped. During 2005 and 2006 several stands of common reed were sprayed to reduce the abundance of this species. Additionally, the presence of other invasives was documented. The refuge needs to review and update its invasive species map to determine if control measures are working in the treatment areas and also determine if common reed is spreading in the non-treated areas. The refuge also needs to map stands of other invasive species. More stands of common reed will be treated and small patches of other invasives will be treated to control them before they spread to other areas and cause a bigger control problem.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  common reed Phragmites australis
garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
multiflora rose Rosa multiflora
Japanese knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
black swallowwort Cynanchum louiseae
purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
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)
Remapping common reed stands. Mapping stands of garlic mustard and multiflora rose. Hand pulling black swallowwort. Calculating change in common reed abundance since 2003 survey.
Total Number of Volunteers: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 236
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Iroquois NWR.


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).
Remapped 4000 acres to determine change in common reed abundance since 2003 survey. Sprayed 3 acres of common reed. Mowed and flooded 2 acres of purple loosestrife. Sprayed and controlled the only known patch of Japanese knotweed on the refuge. Continued hand pulling the only known patch of black swallowwort on the refuge. Surveyed and mapped the entire refuge for garlic mustard. Continued distribution of a refuge invasive species fact sheet developed using funds from an earlier grant.
Number of Acres Treated: 6
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 10818
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $3,500

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $2,355.12 67
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends $1,100.00 32
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $3,455.12 99

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program is very helpful in providing funding for mapping and control of invasive species. Successful control of invasives is critical for acomplishing refuge objectives and having aditional funding allows the refuge to work on invasive species without having to take resourses away from other important programs.


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