2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Ruby Valley Cooperative Weed Management Project, Part III
Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Name and Phone Number
Martha Collins 775-779-2237
(Up to 250 words)
The assistant refuge manager who was responsible for this project transferred in September 2007. His replacement did not arrive until April 2008, so there was a temporary lapse in contact with the volunteers, and essentially not enough time to undertake treatment of new areas. Sites sprayed on private ranches in 2006 were checked this year. It appeared that the treatment was successful, as no re-growth of salt cedar was observed. The county road right-of-way through the refuge was treated again this year to reduce the possibility of vehicles being a vector of weed dispersal.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
No volunteer work was accomplished this year because the volunteer coordinator position (assistant refuge manager) was vacant most of the year.
Total Number of Volunteers:
14 in 2006 and 2007
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
80 in 2006 and 2007
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Ruby Valley Soil Conservation District is still a partner, as is the Ruby Valley 4-H Club. Plans are to reach out to another rancher to assist with treating phragmites on his property. Another local landowner heard about this project and called to see if we would treat weeds along the road leading to his house. He was advised that it had to be a cooperative effort, and that he would have to volunteer to assist with weed treatment on the refuge. He wanted to just be able to pay for the service, but he was told that was not the point of the program.
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).
Number of Acres Treated:
42 total, in 2006 and 2007
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program continues to be invaluable for Ruby Lake NWR. Local landowners have heard about the program, and have called for assistance. A change in refuge staff hindered the project this year, and will hopefully be remedied next year.
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