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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive plant survey and control at airports
Region: 7
Station: Arctic NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Janet Jorgenson 907-456-0216
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
In summer 2009 we conducted invasive plant surveys at the Arctic Village airport and some disturbed sites in downtown Arctic Village, at the airport and DEW line site at Kaktovik, and at the abandoned DEW line site and airstrip at Nuvagapak Point. The two villages are gateways to the Arctic Refuge, just outside the refuge boundary. Nuvagapak Point is in the refuge. The work was done by 11 volunteers and the Arctic NWR staff botanist. Smoke from forest fires hindered plane travel and did not allow us to survey two other remote airstrips as planned. Six to eight exotic plant species were found in Arctic Village. Many were clustered in one vacant lot that had apparently been used as a dumping and burning site. The village is outside of the refuge but less than ½ mile from the refuge boundary. (We are still waiting for determination of native/non-native status for 2 species from UAF herbarium.) The volunteers, including a member of CNIPM (an interagency working group on exotic plants in Alaska), a SCA intern and seven village youth from a local YCC crew, spent two hours pulling plants, but more remained. The exotic species found were associated with bare ground and human disturbance. Large areas of disturbed ground exist at the Kaktovik and Nuvagapak sites, but no exotics were found during surveys there. The cold and foggy coastal climate probably hinders seedling establishment. Identifications for two species of grass from Nuvagapak are not verified yet, but they appear to be species native to Alaska and introduced to the area in the grass mix used to revegetate the abandoned gravel pads. Surveys at these locations included 2 SCA interns and one other volunteer.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Shepherd's-purse Capsella bursa-pastoris
Lamb's-quarters Chenopodium album
Chickweed Stellaria media
Narrowleaf hawksbeard Crepis tectorum
Pineapple weed Matricaria discoidea
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
                    VA_StudentConsAssoc            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Survey for non-native plants. Hand-pull non-native plants.
Total Number of Volunteers: 11
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 56
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Recruited a volunteer from CNIPM, an interagency working group on non-native plants in Alaska. Recruited 7 volunteers from YCC camp in Arctic Village.


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).
First record of non-native plants in Arctic Village. Some plants hand-pulled but many remained. Hand-pulling done with help of local youth, members of a summer YCC program. Locations marked with GPS for eradication in summer 2010. List of non-native species found at Arctic Village: Shepherd’s-purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album) Chickweed (Stellaria media) Prostrate knotweed (Polygonum aviculare) Pineapple weed (Matricaria discoidea) Narrowleaf hawksbeard (Crepis tectorum) Native to Alaska, but in northern Alaska is found only at human-disturbed sites: Fox-tail barley (Hordeum jubatum)
Number of Acres Treated: 1
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 12
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:

$ $4000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $4000 100
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials

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


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