U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Logo U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Early Detection of Loosestrife at Spring Lake EMP
Region: 3
Station: Upper Miss NW&FR - Winona District (32574)
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Mary Stefanski 507-494-6229
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Through the use of volunteer, observe newly constructed islands for flowering loosestrife plants. Follow-up on observations with "pulling parties" to remove loosestrife from the islands.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Project Status:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp                            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers monitored the five constructed islands to locate flowering purple loosestrife. This was followed by the local Future Farmers of America group visiting the site, pulling, bagging and removing the loosestrife.
Total Number of Volunteers: 35
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 155
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Cochrane-Fountain City (CFC) Future Farmers of America; CFC Cub Scouts; Friends of Upper Mississippi River Refuges; Friends of Rieck's Lake; City of Buffalo City


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).
The project was excellent at raising the community awareness of the problems associated with loosestrife. It was equally good at involving the community and providing visible results. The biggest impact was created by the CFC-FFA group that included 30 participants removing four-pickup truck loads of bagged loosestrife from the islands.
Number of Acres Treated: 6
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 500
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $3,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $2,000 66%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $1,000 33%
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $3,000 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Excellent. This project would not have been as successful without the additional funding to use specifically for the removal of loosestrife.


- Return to Main Menu -