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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Eastern MA NWR Complex - Volunteer Mapping Program
Region: 5
Station: Eastern MA NWR Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Amber Carr 978-443-4661 x33
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The goal of this project on refuge lands was to continue to engage the Friends of Assabet River, Friends of Oxbow and volunteers of the Eastern MA NWR Complex in mapping, treating and monitoring invasive plant species and provide educational information to refuge visitors. Volunteers used a recently developed mapping protocol to collect data on invasive plants in upland areas of the Sudbury Unit of Great Meadows and the southern section of Oxbow NWRs. Our goal was to map 100 acres. An Early Detection, Rapid Response (ED, RR) program was developed and implemented on Assabet River which included development of a formal protocol, datasheets, and prioritization of focus areas. Our goal was to locate and control 10 acres of new infestations. This next year this program will be expanded to include Oxbow and Great Meadows NWRs. Treatment of invasive plants was completed through chemical and manual means on Assabet, Great Meadows and Oxbow NWR's. Our goal was to treat 75 acres. The hired technician was responsible for coordinating volunteer efforts, training volunteers in the use of GPS units and invasive species identification, and maintaining geospatial data. She also developed three wayside exhibit panels A Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has recently been established within the SuAsCo watershed. There is an MOU between supporting partners (including federal, local government, and non profits) to cooperatively manage invasive species within the watershed. Most of the invasive species management will be performed by volunteer groups in the partner organizations. The technician assisted with coordination between these management efforts within the CISMA.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Trapa natans
Glossy Buckthorn Frangula alnus
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii
Japanese Knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
Oriental Bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia
Yellow Iris Iris pseudacorus
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp                     VA_StudentConsAssoc            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers have been involved in mapping and control of invasive plants. In 2009 volunteers took part in 29 invasive plant identification and mapping trainings and participated in over 50 work parties to remove invasives.
Total Number of Volunteers: 66
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 724 (control) 187 (mapping)
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Assabet River, Friends of Oxbow NWR, Volunteers for the Eastern MA NWR Complex, Student Conservation Association interns, SuAsCo CISMA, MA Audubon Society


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 invasive plant species technician was contracted through Massachusetts Audubon Society's Ecological Extension Service. The technician recruited 29 new volunteers to the mapping effort which resulted in 230 acres mapped at Great Meadows and Oxbow NWR's, which surpassed our mapping goal of 100 acres. She held 19 plant identification and gps trainings and hosted over 50 invasive plant removal work parties. Over the 2009 season 125 acres of invasive plants were treated which surpassed our goal of 75 acres. Five new plant infestations were discovered by the technician including infestations of japanese stiltgrass(an early detection species), water chestnut, garlic mustard, and black locust. She designed and installed 3 wayside panels each covering a different topic of invasive plant management. For the SuAsCo CISMA she coordinated the logistics of the MOU signing ceremony, took and distributed minutes, provided information to new members, was a leading member of two subcommittees, was a principal writer of the groups management plan,and was an active member during steering committee meetings.
Number of Acres Treated: 125
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 230
Number of Acres Restored: Sites will be monitored to determine if active restoration is necessary.


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $57,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $2492.00 4%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $54,506.00 96%
Restoration Materials

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Hire contractors to do some invasive plant control projects within the complex.


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