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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Volunteer Invasives Survey and Control
Region: 5
Station: Canaan Valley NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Ken Sturm 304-866-3858
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The Refuge Friends Group and Master Naturalist will continue an invasive species mapping efforts. Training will be provided by Refuge Staff which will include the development of an invasive species identification guide specific to priority species in the Canaan Valley area. The volunteers will adopt sections of public use trails to inventory for invasive plants. All Refuge trails will be monitored a minimum of three times during the growing season (approximately 23 miles of trail). All invasive plant locations will be marked with a GPS unit and integrated into the Refuge GIS. Refuge personnel will treat identified plants with herbicide and back pack spray equipment purchased with this grant.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Multiflora rose Rosa multiflora
Japanese stilt grass Microstegium vimineum
Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii
Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica var. japonica
purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
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 fully ran the program this year with slight oversight by refuge staff. Volunteers recruited others helpers, conducted monthly surveys on established transects, marked locations of targeted species using GPS units purchased with the funding and developed an invasive species brochure for Canaan Valley Area.
Total Number of Volunteers: 28
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 430
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of the 500th Tucker County Master Naturalists WVDNR Natural Heritage Program


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).
23 miles of public use trail monitored and and 6 miles of riparian habitat monitored. Invasive species documented, entered into database and used by CVNWR staff to prioritize and conduct treatment operations.
Number of Acres Treated: 5
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 75
Number of Acres Restored: 2


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $2,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1,000.00 50%
Chemical 1,000.00 50%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 2,000.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program has become a "staple" volunteer project at the refuge. Volunteers have taken ownership of their transects and have increased community outreach on invasive species on private lands surrounding the refuge. This project directly led to a cooperative project to treat yellow iris on private land. Volunteers have created an educational brochure and printed it using part of grant funding to hand out to visitors. This program can only grow stronger if there is continued support.


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