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2008 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Cooperative Palouse Prairie Restoration
Region: 1
Station: Turnbull National wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Mike Rule 509-235-4723
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
A new Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) was formed to tackle invasive plant issues within the region surrounding the refuge. This CWMA provides an opportunity to work cooperatively with private landowners and local agencies on specific invasive species monitoring and control projects. A project identified in the Refuges CCP and HMP that would benefit by work with the CWMA is the restoration of native plant communities on remnants of the critically endangered Palouse Prairie. The refuge contains over 1000 acres of this habitat and many more acres occur on private land adjacent to the refuge. These prairie remnants occur in a unique landscape consisting of mounds and swales. Most of the mounds have been invaded by a host of weed species as a result of past grazing. Typically the perennial grasses and native forbs have been replaced by exotic annual grasses (cheat grass, Japanese brome, and ventanata) and forbs such as dalmatian toad flax, knapweed, and tumble mustard. An adaptive management program will be developed to evaluate different strategies to restore the mound areas. The goal will be to reestablish the native plant community while protecting the structure of the mounds and minimizing impact to the adjacent “swales”. The grant funds would be used to purchase or rent necessary farm equipment, chemicals, native seed, biocontrol agents and also fund stipend volunteers and a grad student.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Dalmatian toadflax Linaria dalmatica
Rush Skeletonweed Chondrilla juncea
Cheatgrass Bromus tectorum
Spotted knapweed Centaurea beibbiana
Diffuse knapweed Centaurea diffusa
Yellow starthistle Centaurea solstitialis
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_AmeriCorps    VA_GradIntern        VA_StudentConsAssoc            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers have and will continue to map weed sin resoration areas. Volunteers will assist with monitirng resoration sites. Vounteers will assit with proivate lands work conducting outreach , maping invasives, and applying control treatments
Total Number of Volunteers: 2
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 200
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Cooperative Weed Management Area (Upper Columbia Resource Conservation and Development Council, Spokane County Extension, Spokane County Weed Board, Washington State University Extension, and private landowners), Friends of Turnbull NWR, Washington Service Corps, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Community College Environmental Sciences Program, Washington State University, and other community groups and individuals that currently assist the refuge will be sources for volunteers for the 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).
Cooperative agreements were complted with Eastern Washington University to fund a graduate student set-up an adaptive management study for prairie restoration on the refuge. An order was placed for several hundred pounds of native seed mix and herbicides from this grant for work on refuge lands as part of this adaptive management study. A cooperative agreement was also completed with the Upper Columbia Resource Conservation and Development Council (UCRCDC) to obligate funds to pay for stipend volunteers and to purchase native seed, herbicides and other supplies to implement prairie restoration strategies on the refuge and private lands adjacent to the refuge. The private land component of prairie restoration project will be handled through the Channeled Scablands Cooperative Weed Management Area (CSCWMA). This is a fledgling organization formed this past year to unite agencies and landowners with a common task of controlling noxious weeds. The UCRCDC is the fiscal agent for the CWMA. An AmeriCorps member was selected who will be funded through grant funds and will enter on duty October 1. The AmeriCorps member will be trained on the weed survey protocol , use of GPS , identification of weeds, and will be assisting the CSCWMA with outreach, recruitment of volunteers, and a mapping and inventory project.
Number of Acres Treated: 10
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 165
Number of Acres Restored: 0


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $40,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $292.30 0.7%
Chemical $4,844.70 12%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends $5,000
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials $4,375.00 11%
TOTAL $9,512.00 23.7%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Getting the funds earlier in the fiscal year will certainly help get more accomplished the year it is allocated.


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