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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Touch the Sky Prairie Invasive Species Control
Region: 3
Station: Windom Wetland Management District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Mark Vaniman (507-831-2220)
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Conservation Intern Program student Volunteers to conduct GPS/GIS mapping, population monitoring and density surveys of plumeless and Canada thistle on Touch the Sky Prairie NWR. High levels of imported grasses, thistles and other pioneering non-native species have been observed on the site. Determining existing vegetation and sites of invasive weed infestations will help guide control efforts and long term management techniques to be used in restoring the site. A critical component to this project will include monitoring of native forb species response to our management efforts. The CIP volunteer will record occurrences of native forb species location and densities. Data collected will be a continuation of efforts conducted annually during the spring and fall semesters by the Luverne High School Advanced Biology class. Electronic data will be entered into GIS mapping system as project progresses. CIP volunteers will also assist with control of plumeless thistle and other invasives.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense
Plumeless Thistle Carduus acanthoides
Musk Thistle Carduus nutans
Leafy Spurge Euphorbia esula
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp     VA_SchoolGrp                            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
The volunteers will conduct invasive species control, monitoring, GPS/GIS mapping and the Luverne High School Advanced Biology class will also assist with mapping invasive species. This will allow the Windom WMD staff to restore the native prairie plant communities of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem. With a goal to reduce non-native invasive species. Monitoring and data collection will continue and be entered into a GIS mapping system. This data along with information gathered by the advanced biology class at the Luverne High School will help evaluate and determine restoration success and management techniques.
Total Number of Volunteers: 20
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 144
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Members of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation, Conservation Intern Program and the Luverne High School Advanced Biology Class


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).
Volunteers hoping for natural resources career will receive excellent on the ground training toward that goal. Partnership with the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation and Luverne high school will continue and strengthen and thistle information collected will lead to more effective control efforts and ultimately restoration of a unique prairie site. The results of this project will be a restored and healthy native prairie ecosystem. Through the partnership with the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation we will be able to create public awareness of the importance of controlling invasive species. Demonstrating the success of this project to the public will also help to focus additional public and private resources needed to protect, restore and enhance the fragmented northern tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
Number of Acres Treated: 160
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 160
Number of Acres Restored: 160


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $7,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $497.67 7
Chemical $6,502.33 93
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $7,000.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was extremely useful to meet the objectives of the project and the responsibilities of the Service to control invasive or noxious weeds.


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