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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Ruby Valley Cooperative Weed Management Project, Part III
Region: 8
Station: Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Martha Collins 775-779-2237
Project Description:
(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:Common NameScientific Name
  Salt cedar Tamarisk ramosissima
Scotch thistle Onopordum acanthium
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
Hoary cress Cardaria draba
Musk thistle Carduus nutans
Russian knapweed Centaurea repens
Common reed Phragmites australis
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
                        VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
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.


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).
Number of Acres Treated: 42 total, in 2006 and 2007
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 600
Number of Acres Restored: unknown


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $9,500.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $520.00 5%
Chemical $8,980.00 95%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $9,500.00 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
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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