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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Engaging local communities while restoring
Region: 5
Station: Rachel Carson NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Kate O'Brien 207-646-9226
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
We propose to work with volunteers, local youth, Master Gardeners, IPANE (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England) and communities to restore habitats (New England cottontail habitat, wetlan maritime shrub, and rare plant sites) by removing invasive plants at Rachel Carson NWR. This project will educate the public regarding the hazards of purple loosestrife, work with the Wells Reserve to develop and distribute a lesson plan on biocontrol to be used in the classroom, partner with two local schools to collect and release beetles and help communities establish long term purple loosestrife biological control programs to ensure healthy and diverse wetlands. We will work with partners to enhance and restore 1/4 mile of salt marsh shoreline along the Webhannet/Ogunquit salt marsh system, improving habitat for New England cottontail and high priority BCR 30 birds . This proposal improves habitat for priority birds, American woodcock,Eastern towhee, sharp-tailed sparrow.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Glossy buckthorn Frangula alnus
Garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp    VA_AmeriCorps    VA_GradIntern            VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers helped pull garlic mustard and common buckthorn, planted native shrubs and helped rear purple loosestrife beetles.
Total Number of Volunteers: 80
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: over 1,000 hours
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
We partnered with the New England Wildflower Society's rare plant conservation corps, invasive plant atlas network, Defenders of Wildlife volunteers, Noble High School and Maine Conservation Corps volunteers (Americorps) and students from the Putney School, 4 private landowners.


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).
We removed garlic mustard from a 5 acre rare plant site, where we are having great success with hand pulling, continued our community based purple loosestrife biocontrol project, distributing beetles to approximately 15 towns and 1 sister wildlife refuge, and restored habitat for New England cottontail by removing invasive plants and replacing with native. We restored approximately .25 miles of maritime shrubland adjacent to salt marshes,re-establishing this transition zone which is facilitates salt marsh health.
Number of Acres Treated: 50
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored: 5


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 15,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 500 3%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel 200 1%
Volunteer Stipends 1,800 12%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 10,000 66%
Restoration Materials 2,500 16%
TOTAL 15,000 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program is very effective for our Refuge and provides funding for our invasive plant control program.


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