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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Emerald Ash Borer surveillance on the Upper Miss. Refuge
Region: 3
Station: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – McGregor District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Tim Yager 563-873-3423 X 12
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive pest of ash trees, was confirmed on the boundary of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, McGregor District in April 2009. An estimated 25 percent of the floodplain forest within the McGregor District is composed of ash trees. These trees are at great risk if infested by EAB. The loss of this component of the forest would have significant consequences to this globally significant migration corridor. A project to survey and monitor the Refuge for the presence of EAB was initiated in 2009. Grant funding was utilized to hire 2 seasonal intern to conduct surveillance on 10,000 acres of Refuge lands in the immediate vicinity of the initial detection site. Volunteers were recruited and trained to assist with detection and surveillance efforts. Once trained, volunteers assisted with establishment and maintenance of EAB traps and with public outreach about the project.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)
Project Status: InProgress
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)
Working with APHIS and other partners, volunteers established and maintained 20 EAB traps on the floodplain of the river and assisted with surveillance of at least 10,000 acres of the Refuge in the immediate vicinity of the initial detection site. Utilizing their newsletter, the Friends of Pool 9 publicized the EAB surveillance effort to local communities and conducted outreach activities at various boat ramps to alert visitors to the Refuge about EAB and restrictions on transport of firewood.
Total Number of Volunteers: 20
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 200
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Pool 9, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Iowa Department of Agriculture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA)


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).
Over 10,000 acres of the Refuge in the immediate vicinity of the initial EAB detection site was successfully surveyed for EAB. In total, over 400 EAB traps were established and maintained on the Refuge. No EAB were detected on the Refuge in 2009, however, surveillance efforts will continue for several additional years.
Number of Acres Treated: 0
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 10,000
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:

$ $17,500

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $500 2.8
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $500 2.8
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $16,500 94.3
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $17,500 100

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


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