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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Canaan Valley Volunteer Invasive Plant Survey
Region: 5
Station: Canaan Valley NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Ken Sturm - 304-866-3858
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The Refuge Friends Group will continue an invasive species mapping efforts begun in 2007. Training will be provided by Refuge Staff which will include the development of an invasive species identification guide specific to priority species in the Canaan Valley area. The Friends Group will adopt sections of public use trails to inventory for invasive plants. All Refuge trails will be monitored a minimum of three times during the growing season (approximately 23 miles of trail). All invasive plant locations will be marked with a GPS unit and integrated into the Refuge GIS. Refuge personnel will treat identified plants with herbicide and back pack spray equipment purchased with this grant.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Japanese Stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Multi flora rose Rosa multiflora
Japanese knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
Autumn Olive Elaeaqnus umbellata
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
Yellow Iris Iris pseudacorus
Reed Canary grass Phalaris arundinacea
Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp                                 VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
volunteers conducted on the ground surveys with protocol developed by the refuge. Each invasive found was marked with a gps and information on site abundance collected. Volunteers attended training and one created a informational brochure.
Total Number of Volunteers: 23
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 500
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Master Naturalist Program Friends of the 500th Private Lands Program TNC


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).
Survey identified invasive species, created gps points for mapping purposes and allowed refuge staff to prioritize and treat sites. Information stored in refuge GIS including acres inventoried and controlled for RAPP reporting requirements. Private landowner involved in refuge project allowed treatment of yellow iris on her property with aid of TNC and Partner's for fish and wildife program. Community outreach has been exceptional.
Number of Acres Treated: 15
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 75 (linear transects on 23 miles of public use trail)
Number of Acres Restored: unknown- future surveys will determine extent of restoration


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 2,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1,000.00 50
Chemical 500.00 25
Biocontrol Agents
Travel 150.00 7.5
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other 350 17.5
TOTAL 2000.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The program was a success and proved to be an important way to leverage refuge efforts to identify and map locations of invasive species. Continued annually it will increase refuge's ability at early detection of new invasive species and new locations for known species. It has been an incredible tool for outreach and refuge mission support.


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