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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: 4th Annual Wildlife Weed Pull
Region: 6
Station: Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
406-777-5552 x 202
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
1) Refuge Wildlife Weed Pull= May 17, 2008. A fun day of weed education, pulling competition, lunch and fun prizes, while cleaning up the Refuge for wildlife and visitors. The sight of volunteers working in areas of high public use helps spread awareness of the importance of dealing with invasives - Refuges demonstrating land stewardship. 2)Grassland restoration- bought dryland grass seed to reseed about 80 acres after a burn to kill weed seeds. 3)Repaired irigation lines and watered summer 2008. 4)Bought and released bio-control for leafy spurge and yellow toadflax. 5)Assisted with 2nd Annual Floating Weed Pull on the Bitterroot River. 6)Reading weed transects on grasslands.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  spotted knapweed Centaurea maculosa
houndstongue Cynoglossum officinale
Teasel Dipsacus sylvestris
musk thistle Carduus nutans
common tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp            VA_GardenClub        VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Pre-planning meetings, arranging food, supplying tools, pulling weeds, weighing bags, cleaning up after the weed pull, school group conducted weed transects in grassland sites
Total Number of Volunteers: 61
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 264
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Ravalli County Weed District Friends of Lee Metcalf NWR Ravalli County Extension Sentinel High School


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).
Weed pull locations were GPS'd and mapped by the Invasive Species Strike Team. A small population of Teasel was detected and responded to(pulled). 33 volunteers pulled 568 pounds of weeds this year. Total pounds were lower than last year because a long heavy winter and cool spring resulted in reduced growth and plant size.
Number of Acres Treated: 5-7
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 5-7
Number of Acres Restored: 20


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $7,500.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 3,526.39 47.0
Chemical 1,187.00 15.8
Biocontrol Agents 250.00 3.3
Volunteer Stipends 911.00 12.2
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials 117.46 1.6
TOTAL 7,500.00 100.0

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?


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