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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Invasive Free Zone
Region: 3
Station: Whittlesey Creek NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Darienne McNamara 715-685-2648
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Buckthorn and honeysuckle have invaded the riparian corridors at Whittlesey Creek NWR, impeding natural succession and degrading habitat for songbirds and other wildlife. Experience indicates that seed from upstream sources is deposited in the floodplain during high-flows, resulting in new infestations. Thus, control efforts will focus on dense riparian stands of seed-producing shrubs. To eradicate these shrubs, volunteers will be recruited by hosting invasive species workshops in conjunction with larger scheduled events in 2008. In addition, staff will build on new partnerships to take advantage of community service programs through Northland College and the Bayfield County Correctional Facility. By incorporating hands-on workshops into existing events, Refuge staff can minimize time spent on marketing, planning, and logistics. A Weed Warrior Award will be established to reward the volunteer who spends the most time treating invasive species on public lands (on or off the Refuge). The award will be advertised at each workshop. Prizes will be presented at the annual Superior Celebration in August 2008 at the Refuge.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Common Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Glossy Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula
Exotic honeysuckle Lonicera species
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp        VA_GradIntern            VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
- hand-pulling exotic shrub seedlings - cut and spray exotic shrubs - local professionals presented at invasive species workshop for other natural resource professionals
Total Number of Volunteers: 20
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 100
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
US Forest Service Northland College National Park Service - Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team Bayfield County Land Conservation Dept. Ashland and Bayfield County Chambers of Commerce Friends of the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center


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).
- Weed Warrior Award given to local volunteer for 41 hours of invasive species treatment on public lands - 2 sites in coastal wetland where invasive was detected early and treated rapidly - 300 people contacted about invasive plants and the Invasive Free Zone project through article in Refuge newsletter - 6 acres of invasive shrubs treated (to date) using cut-stump method with 90+% efficacy
Number of Acres Treated: 10
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 40
Number of Acres Restored: 45


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 2570

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 200 8
Chemical 300 12
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 2070 80
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 2570 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?


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