2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Invasive plant survey and control at airports
Name and Phone Number
Janet Jorgenson 907-456-0216
(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:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
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:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
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.
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:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
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