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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Cooperative Invasive Species Control
Region: 5
Station: Great Swamp NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Steve Henry (973) 425-1222 x-16
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Great Swamp NWR is in the process of establishing a new visitor facility which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009. This facility will become the Refuge's focal point for public use and interaction with an estimated annual visitation of 10,000-15,000 visitors. Facilities both inside and outside the building (hiking trail, native plant gardens, pavilion) are being designed to showcase the Refuge's natural resources and serve as a model of effective environmental education. Unfortunately, the site (an old sheep and horse farm) is heavily infested with non-native invasive plants such as multi-flora rose, Russian olive, and Japanese stiltgrass, among others. The refuge, in cooperation with the Friends of Great Swamp NWR, proposes to develop an invasive species management plan for the property and implement appropriate control methods. This project requests funding to facilitate these efforts and may include site restoration with native plant species.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Multiflora rose Rosa multiflora
Russian olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii
Japanese stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp            VA_GardenClub            VA_MGardener    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers have been heavily involved in the project including developing an IPM plan for the site in collaboration with Refuge staff, hands-on control work, participation in a native seed collection workshop, and installation of a new greenhouse for raising native plants for restoration.
Total Number of Volunteers: 51
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 314
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Refuge partnered with the Friends of Great Swamp NWR, Greenbelt Native Plant Center (NYC Parks & Rec), Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Madison High School, and numerous refuge (non-Friends) volunteers to accomplish this project.


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).
An IPM plan (currently in final draft) for the Visitor Center was developed. Three acres at the Visitor Center were chemically and mechanically treated. Twenty high school students and teachers completed a Japanese barberry control project around the length of a new loop trail. The Greenbelt Native Plant Center hosted a native seed collection workshop that was attended by 22 volunteers, interns, and staff from two refuges. A greenhouse (8'x16') was purchased and installed on the visitor center's grounds to start native plants for restoration work and contribute to a native plant educational program. An expert botanist from Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve was contracted to conduct a "Plant Stewardship Index" of the visitor center grounds to identify existing floral diversity and provide a guide for restoration work. Numerous rare plants (especially sedges) were discovered on the property.
Number of Acres Treated: 3
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 5
Number of Acres Restored: 1


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $4,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $3,096.62 77%
Chemical $103.38 3%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $800.00
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $4,000.00 20%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was very useful and allowed the refuge to perform invasive species control work that would not have been possible otherwise. While the funds have been expended, much work remains. The "boost" provided by these funds will allow the refuge to continue this work by leveraging the relationships and commitments built with volunteers through the project.


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