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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Volunteer Invasive Species Management Program
Region: 5
Station: Eastern MA NWR Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Amber Carr 978-443-4661 x33
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The goal of this project on refuge lands was to continue to engage the Friends of Assabet River, Friends of Oxbow, and volunteers of the Eastern MA NWR Complex in mapping, treating and monitoring invasive plant species and to provide educational information to refuge visitors. Volunteers will use a recently developed mapping protocol to collect data on invasive plants in upland areas of the Sudbury Unit of Great Meadows and the southern section of Oxbow NWR'S. We will also be implementing an early detection/rapid response program at Assabet River, Great Meadows and Oxbow NWR's. Treatments of invasive plants will be completed through manual, chemical, biological, and mechanical means on Assabet, Great Meadows, and Oxbow NWR's. The hired technician will coordinate volunteer efforts, train volunteers in the use of GPS units and invasive species identification, and maintaining geospatial data. She will also coordinate efforts with partners of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within the Sudbury, Assabet, Concord River's watershed. It is a newly established agreement within the watershed and currently has 32 participating organizations. She will help organize the three main projects within the watershed. They are: biocontrol of purple loosestrife using Galerucella beetles, an early detection/ rapid response effort watershed wide, and a local control group.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  water chestnut Trapa natans
glossy buckthorn Frangula alnus
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii
Japanese knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiulatus
Black locust Roninia pseudoacacia
Japanese Stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Tree of heaven Ailanthus altissima
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp                                 VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers have been involved in mapping and control of invasive plants on refuge lands and watershed wide through the CISMA agreement. Volunteers took part in 7 plant identification trainings, 5 gps trainings, and over 50 work parties for removal of invasive plant species.
Total Number of Volunteers: 150
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 1388(control) 500 (mapping)
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Assabet River NWR, Friends of Oxbow NWR, Volunteers for the Eastern MA NWR Complex,and the SuAsCo CISMA. The SuAsCo CISMA is a watershed based collaboration between 32 federal, state, non-profit, and municipal organizations.


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).
An invasive plant technician was hired through USFWS. She recuited over 100 volunteers for both the refuge complex and the watershed based group, SuAsCo CISMA. This resulted in 198 acres of refuge lands being treated for invasive plants (almost double our goal of 100 acres), 412 acres were mapped for 29 species at Oxbow (166 acres) and Great Meadows (245 acres) NWR's (which more than doubled our goal of 200 acres), and 68 acres of refuge lands at Assabet, Great Meadows, and Oxbow NWR's were surveyed for 21 early detection species (which more than doubled our goal of 30 acres). In addition to refuge lands the volunteers also monitored for early detection species on 92 sites in 23 towns within the SuAsCo watershed. There were 5 infestations of Japanese Stiltgrass found on refuge lands and 3 infestations of Japanese stilgrass and 1 infestation of Brazilian waterweed found within the watershed. Two wayside panels were designed covering different management techniques on refuge lands. For the SuAsCo CISMA she created agendas for meetings, took meeting minutes, coordinated communication between 32 organizational members, participated in 4 subcommittees, tracked grants received and distributed within the fiscal year, and coordianted the end of year meeting.
Number of Acres Treated: 198
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 412 mapped 68 monitored for early detection species
Number of Acres Restored: Sites have been monitored to determine if active restoration is necessary. Funds will be needed to implement restoration efforts.


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 64,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 64,000 100%
Restoration Materials

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was extremely important for invasive plant management at Eastern MA NWR Complex. Hiring a coordinator for the program was extremely valuable and was essential to accomplish everything that was done. I think in future years it would be helpful to receive funds for active restoration projects on areas of refuge that have been treated for invasive plants.


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