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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Remove Buckthorn from Redhead Hiking Trail
Region: 3
Station: Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Wendy Woyczik 920-387-2658 x13
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Remove buckthorn from the understory of the woodlot within the Redhead Hiking Trail at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. This will restore 40 acres of Southern Dry-mesic Forest of which the understory of these forested areas have become choked with buckthorn preventing oak trees from regenerating and shading out native herbaceous understory flora. Girl scouts will locate and mark areas of infestation and continue monitoring thoughout the following spring.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Common Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts                                VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Camp Silverbrook Girl Scouts surveyed 40 acres at the Redhead Trail woodlot, GPSed the location of invasive trees and set up photo points. Other volunteers helped pile buckthorn trees. Girlscouts will return in April 2009 to monitor the site for resprouts and new seedlings.
Total Number of Volunteers: 32
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 134
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Camp Silverbrook Girl Scouts, Friends of Horicon NWR and summer student volunteers.


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).
The girl scouts were able to survey the entire 40 acres and used a gps unit to mark areas of buckthorn. A map was then generated to show where treatments were needed. 4 out of 13 areas have been treated with the rest to continue this winter. Buckthorn was piled and then chipped to remove it from a high public use area.
Number of Acres Treated: 3 (10 more this winter)
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 40
Number of Acres Restored: 40 by this winter


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $5,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,800 36%
Chemical $800.00 16%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $400.00 8%
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other $2,000.00 40%
TOTAL $5,000.00 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Work is still ongoing, but we would not be able to remove any buckthorn if it were not for these funds. This project has also given us the opportunity to build a strong relationship with the girl scout group.


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