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2007 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Control, Monitoring and Inventorying Woody and Problem Invasive Plants
Region: 6
Station: Audubon Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Craig Hultberg 701-442-5474 ext.15
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Inventory, control and monitor problem invasive plants described in the "North Dakota Troublemsome Invasive Plant" guide (25 species listed). Also included are Russian olive, Chinese elm, and other non-native trees.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
Musk thistle Carduus nutans
Spotted Knapweed Centaurea biebersteinii
Russian olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Chinese elm Ulmus sp.
Salt cedar Tamarix ramosissiam
Wormwood Artemisia absinthium
Leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
Houndstongue Cynoglossum officinale
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)
Assisted in inventoring 10,000 acres of native prairie (a belt transect was conducted on every ten acres) for woody and invasive plant problems in the Audubon Complex. Volunteers helped with the vegetative transects and also scanned (by site) invasive plants that did not occur in the belt transect (belt transects were randomly selected on each 10 acre plot). They mapped and recorded species (GPS and RLGIS) on the areas with invasive plants. They found two new invasive plants not known to occur in the Audubon Complex. They also mechanically and chemically controlled invasive species on selected areas.
Total Number of Volunteers: 2
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 900 hours
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
CORPS of Engineers released biocontrols for Canada thistle in 2005 on Audubon Refuge. Volunteers helped monitor sites for control effects.


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).
Audubon Complex manages 120 fee title areas in six counties in central and western North Dakota. These areas consist of 10,000 acres of native prairie on 95 areas. Areas involved included Refuges, Wildlife Development Areas, and Waterfowl Production areas (FWS fee title lands). The native prairie sites were surveyed in 10 acre blocks using the belt transect and also to visually survey each block. Twenty-five areas were found to have species of plants (listed above) for control efforts. Two new species of invasive plants were found that were not known to occur on FWS land in the Audubon Complex (Black henbane and Hoary cress). Five of these areas were controlled by mechanical and chemical treatments.
Number of Acres Treated: 25 acres (spot treated on approximately 1000 acres)
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 10,000 acres
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:

$ 7,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $3,500.00
Chemical $625.00
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $180.00
Volunteer Stipends $1,800.00
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $7,000.00

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Present resources cannot address all of our concerns on invasive species. Volunteers play a significant role on controlling invasives and getting into the field to inventory and monitor our invasive plant problems. A very useful and tremendous program. Thanks!


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