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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Weber Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) grassland and oak savanna restoration project.
Region: 3
Station: Litchfield Wetland Management District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Scott Glup, 320-693-2849
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project was not completed as proposed due to an unanticipated personal issue with the coordinator and an effort to take advantage of an opportunity that arose. The opportunity resulted from a profusion of native ecotype forb seed made available by a spring 2009 prescribed burn that was conducted on the WPA. Also in the spring of 2009 a 20 acre site of brome grass on the WPA was tilled and sprayed for the purpose of reseeding to native species. It was determined the volunteers should be used to hand collect native forb seed for seeding on the 20 acres in spring of 2010. Thirteen species of forb seed at an estimated value of $6000 was havested. However, invasive species inventory was conducted on approximatly 100 acres of the WPA resulting in mapping and control of 7 investations of spurge, knapweed and tansy. Additionally, a one acre infestation of red cedar was controlled, two sites of sumac were treated, and small buckthorn seedlings in an oak savanna were hand pulled. The buckthorn seedlings were removed from that area where mature buckthorn had been removed the previous year.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  spotted knapweed Centaurea maculosa
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
common tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Europian buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
box elder Acer negundo
red cedar Juniperus virginiana
smooth sumac Rhus glabra
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers located, GPSed, and treated 3 infestations of knapweed, 4 infestations of spurge, and one infestation of tansy. Volunteers havested 13 species of native ecotype forb seed at an estimated value of $6000. Volunteers cut and controlled a one acre infestation of red cedar, cut and/or treated with herbicide two infestations of sumac, cut and/or treated with herbicide scattered resprouting box elder trees that had previously be cut, and pulled seedling buckthorn in an oak savanna that had mature buckthorn removed the previous year.
Total Number of Volunteers: 21
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 133
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Boy Scouts of Troop 224 in Willmar, Minnesota.


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).
Thirteen species of native ecotype forb seed were hand harvested valued at approximately $6000. A one acre site of dense 4 feet high or less red cedar was cut and controlled. One infestation of tansy was mapped, seed heads removed and treated with herbicide. Three infestation of knapweed were mapped and either pulled by hand or treated with herbicide. Four infestations of leafy spurge were mapped and treated with herbicide. Debris left from previous cutting on a half acre site of sumac was removed and piled and resprouts on this site were cut and treated with herbicide. Resprouts on another half acre site of sumac were treated with herbicide. Seedling buckthorn were pulled by hand in a 5 acre oak savanna site where mature buckthorn had been removed the previous year. Scattered resprouts of box elder resulting from previous control attempts were cut and/or treated with herbicide.
Number of Acres Treated: 10
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 100
Number of Acres Restored: 5


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $2,500

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 2417.21 96.7
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 82.79 3.3

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


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