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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Control and Eradication of Privet on Duck River Unit
Region: 4
Station: Tennessee NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Robert Wheat (731) 642-2091
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Approximately 70 acres of the Duck River Unit of the Tennessee NWR has been invaded by privet. Five acres of this total is high stem density with the remaining acreage low to medium stem density. The goal of the project is total eradication of the privet. Initial steps would be to accurately identify the boundaries of the infestation. Then cutting and spraying would begin, working initially on the fringes and then toward the center to get a containment ring established. The treatment procedure would be to cut the stems and spray the stumps with glyphosate herbicide. Once done the central areas would be cut and sprayed. Follow up during year two, and subsequent years, would be to control and privet that re-sprouted from the roots or any seedlings that tried to gain a foothold.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Chinese Privet Ligustrum sinense
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp        VA_GradIntern                VA_MGardener    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The volunteers cut the privet and treat the stumps with herbicide.
Total Number of Volunteers: 58
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 384
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Friends of Tennessee NWR is the lead group for this program. They are recruiting volunteers from the local Master Gardener programs and youth 4H and school organizations.


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).
Four outings with 58 different volunteers contributing a total of 384 hours treated 25 acres of privet. Control measures were very effective. A 4H group and local school class were utilized as volunteers and were educated on the problems with invasive plants. This project will continue with more treatments this fall and winter after leaf drop.
Number of Acres Treated: 25
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 70
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 5,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 2,348 47
Chemical 2,652 53
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 5,000 100

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


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