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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: 6th Annual Wildlife Weed Pull, Bitterroot Floating Weed Pull and Refuge Grassland Restoration
Region: 6
Station: Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Deborah Goslin 406-777-5552x202
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
1-Wildlife Weed Pull - a fun community gathering on the Refuge, a bit of friendly competition (most pounds pulled, longest root) with lunch and door prizes. 2-Floating Weed Pull - a float down the river (off refuge)with an armada of vessels stopping at locations to pull Italian Bugloss, filling bags along the way ending with food and door prizes. 3-Grassland Restoration - the ongoing process of converting agricultural fields to a native-dominant grassland with desirable forbs requiring minimal spot spraying or hand pulling. Plans include spraying, planting native grass seed, irrigation and monitoring.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  houndstongue Cynoglossum officinale
spotted knapweed Centaurea stoebe
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
musk thistle Carduus nutans
Viper's bugloss or blueweed Echium vulgare
Common Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts                                VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Refuge- After weed ID and pulling techniques, volunteers pulled and bagged weeds in a new area targeting houndstongue with seeds. Floating Pull- Maneuvering more than 30 boats down the river, pulling bugloss, tansy and knapweed at various pullouts along the river, unloading and deflating rafts.
Total Number of Volunteers: 20 on Refuge + 90 off Refuge = 110
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 68 on Refuge + 360 off Refuge = 428
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Refuge Pull - Friends of Lee Metcalf NWR, Ravalli County Weed District. Floating Pull - USFS, TU, support from local businesses, Missoula County Weed District, Bitterroot Bio-control Program, Darby School, Carl Fox-landowner.


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).
Refuge - 850 lbs of weeds pulled. Floating Pull - 49 32gal bags pulled. This is the 4th year of pulling the same stretch of river and populations have decreased so much that they may have to find a different stretch next year.
Number of Acres Treated: 2 acres + 5 river miles
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 2.5
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:

$ $7,500

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1,922 26
Chemical 2,800 37
Biocontrol Agents 0
Travel 0
Volunteer Stipends 0
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 0
Restoration Materials 0
TOTAL 7,500 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
For a refuge with a small budget this is very helpful for buying chemical. This grant also makes it possible to provide door prizes which adds to the fun of the weed pulls. It helped upgrade the hazmat building in which the chemicals are stored, and helped with our irrigation system for restoring grasslands.


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