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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Invasive Sp. Mapping on Eastern Neck NWR & the Chesepeake Marshlands NWRC
Region: 5
Station: Eastern Neck and Blackwater NWRs
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Matt Whitbeck, 410-228-2692 x115
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Invasive plants are one of the greatest threats to the health and value of habitats on the refuges. The Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex has dedicated a great deal of resources to control invasive plants. Mapping and monitoring invasive plant populations provides data critical in the planning of treatment efforts and evaluating project success. To accurately determine the amount of acreage of invasive plant species infestations present on the refuge, interns and other refuge volunteers will use GPS units to map these areas. Locations will be stored in a GIS database to aid in determining and prioritizing areas for treatment by refuge staff and volunteers. Plans to restore wetlands and forest habitats are being planned at both refuges. Many of the restoration sites are adjacent to areas infested with invasive species and will be vulnerable to infestation. The mapping and ultimate treatment of these plants are critical to the success of these restorations.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  mile-a-minute Polygonum perfoliatum
wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius
Japanese stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
autumn olive Eleaganus umbellate
princess tree Paulownia tomentosa
phragmites Phragmites australis
tree of heaven Ailanthus altissima
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 have conducted the mapping phase of this project in previous years. This year volunteeers focused on retreatment of invasive species populations.
Total Number of Volunteers: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 400
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The wonderful volunteer group we have at Eastern Neck NWR was critical in making this project happen.


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).
Fuding this year allowed us to support volunteers that treated 45 acres, conduct monitoring associated with a biocontrol for mile-a-minute, and monitor phragmites infestations.
Number of Acres Treated: 45
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 11
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:

$ 12,600.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 11,000
Biocontrol Agents 0
Travel 0
Volunteer Stipends 1,600
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 0
Restoration Materials

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This funding program in critical in continuing to supply volunteers active in invasive species work.


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