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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive Species inventory, management and monitoring on 5 refuges in Rhode Island
Region: 5
Station: Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Suzanne Paton 401-364-9124 ext. 16
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The focus of this project was to continue the inventory of the distribution and abundance of non-native invasive plants on NWR lands in Rhode Island, to initiate control efforts focused on early detection species, and to create outreach materials for distribution to our neighbors. To complete the inventory and mapping we are working closely with the RI Natural History Survey with support from the Coastal Program and volunteers. We currently have completed mapping a portion of the John H. Chafee refuge, which will be completed during the summer of 2010 as well as the Block Island refuge. During the summer of 2009 we also provided a training course for refuge volunteers and interns which included identification of invasive species and eradication techniques. Following the training we conducted work days with garden club members, volunteers and boy scouts to focus on removal of several early detection species, including garlic mustard, black swallowwort and japanese stiltgrass. Follow up treatments in larger infestations will be treated by contractors during the upcoming summer with refuge staff monitoring the effectiveness of those treatments. One volunteer, who is also an Eagle Scout worked to restore a demonstration area along the refuge boundary and then created an interpretive sign which will be posted at the site during spring of 2010. In addition, we worked closely with the Coastal Program to create a brochure for distribution to neighboring landowners. This brochure has been printed and will be distributed by the Eagle Scout as part of his project. We have also made this brochure available to other refuges in the northeast as a potential template for highlighting work that refuges are engaged in, and to educate our neighbors about the treats posed by invasive species.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Black Swallowwort Vincetoxicum nigrum
Garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
Japanese Stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Morrows Honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp            VA_GardenClub    VA_StudentConsAssoc           
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers assisted with the eradication efforts of several early detection species. This included hand pulling garlic mustard in the spring and japanese stiltgrass in the fall. They also assisted with cutting of non-native invasive shrubs and refuge staff followed up with the application of an herbicide to cut stumps. We also had an Eagle Scout who actively cleared bittersweet vines and other invasive species from a boundary area and planted native shrubs in their place. He then created an interpretive poster that will be mounted in a kiosk at the site, and worked with us to create an interpretive brochure that he will distribute to landowners adjacent to the site. The brochure describes the threats from invasive species, and what landowners can do to help us protect our native habitats.
Total Number of Volunteers: 50
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 200
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
We have worked closely with several volunteer organizations as listed above especially where early detection efforts are concerned. In addition we have worked with the RI department of environmental management to cooperatively remove stiltgrass along our joint boundary. We have also worked with the RI natural history survey, the coastal resources managment council, and the URI cooperative extension office to provide outreach and training on invasive species. In addition we worked closely with our southern new england coastl program on the develpment and printing of the brochure.


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).
Number of Acres Treated: 25
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 450
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $25,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 3,500.00 14%
Chemical 1814.00 7%
Biocontrol Agents 0
Travel 0
Volunteer Stipends 1,384.00 6%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 0
Restoration Materials
Other 18,000.00 72%
TOTAL 24,698.00 99%

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


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