2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Invasive Species Management at Palmyra Atoll NWR
Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Name and Phone Number
Don Palawski, 808-792-9560
(Up to 250 words)
We initiated management of 3 species of plants that are introduced and invasive at Palmyra Atoll NWR. The work consisted of describing the distributions of these plants, writing a treatment plan for each, purchasing and transporting equipment and herbicides, and conducting trials to evaluated the efficacy of the proposed methods.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers and Refuge staff worked together to execute tests of the susceptaibility of coconut to glyphosate injection.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
210 person hours
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Refuge staff worked with resource managers from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) who also manage natural resources on one of the islands at the atoll. We also received assistance from scientists of the USGS.
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 project is still underway but distributions of the 3 species of primary concern were identified. Trials with glyphosate for killing coconuts revealed that applying herbicide to drilled holes was the most effective method killing a higher proportion of trees than applying full strength glyphosate to machete cuts on the palms
Number of Acres Treated:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was invaluable for allowing us to take advantage of the oppportunity to use volunteers whenever they were available at Palmyra because we had the materials on hand to use their assistance.
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