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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Removal of Invasive Species from Restored and Remnant Habitat on Waterfowl Production Areas
Region: 3
Station: St. Croix WMD
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
David McConnell
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project focused on remnant and re-established prairies selected as nursery sites for their diversity of forbes and grasses. Because these sites contain a wide diversity of native grass and forb species intensive hand labor is needed to remove invasives and maintain the ability to harvest native seed from these sites. Prior to seed harvesting, work crews equipped with hand tools to cut and remove the plants from the nursery locations are need to walk through the sites removing invasives. The District does not have the staffing to treat these problem areas nor the funds to contract the work. Volunteers currently are the best means of controlling invasives on these sites. USFWS staff will do a follow up chemical treatment of woody vegetation cut by volunteers to reduce re-sprouting The project will be multi-year in scope and the funding will be used for start up expenses to equip the volunteers and fuel and herbicide for year one of the project.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  spotted knapweed Centurea bierersteinii
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
sweet clover Melitotus species
Common tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Boxelder Acer negundo
Project Status: Completed
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)
Prior to seed harvesting, volunteers equipped with hand tools to cut and remove the plants from the nursery locations walked through the sites removing invasives.
Total Number of Volunteers: 10
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 142.5
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Star Prairie Fish and Game – A local conservation organization that has provided funding and volunteer hours to support the District. Keeping Youth Involved (KYI)- A local youth group the emphasizes stewardship of our natural resources through volunteer projects. KYI has been an active supporter of District projects.


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).
A 19.7 acres field on Prairie Flats-North WPA was cleared of invasive allowing the District staff to bring in a combine and collect both prairie grass and forb seed to be used in interseedings of grass fields to provide more diverse habitat for waterfowl and grassland bird species
Number of Acres Treated: 19.7
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $1100.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $575.00 52
Chemical $250.00 22
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $275.00 26
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $1100.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This progeram will enable the District to collect enough seed to plant an estimated additional 75-100 acres of grassland with local genotype seed.


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