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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Survey for new invasives; garlic mustard, etc.
Region: 3
Station: Crab Orchard NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Richard Speer 618-997-3344
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
New invasive plant species, such as garlic mustard, teasel and Chinese yam, are invading Crab Orchard NWR. These new, small infestations can be difficult to discover given the large area of the Refuge and various spread pathways. Additionally, controlling the known infestations is a time and resource expensive endeavor. We propose to use volunteers to help implement an Early Detection Rapid Response program to survey for and control invasive plants on the Refuge. The Refuge is participating in the Illinois WeedWatch project with the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area that utilizes volunteers to map invasives within natural areas throughout Southern Illinois. This proposal seeks funds to expand that project to additional areas and training sessions specific to the Refuge. Funds are also being sought to organize three volunteer work days to help control established infestations, such as garlic mustard. Training sessions would be held in late summer or early fall and the volunteer workdays would be scheduled for Spring 2010. Funds requested will be to compensate the RTRCWMA coordinator who will implement the project and for herbicide, sprayers, workday supplies and printing training session materials.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
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)
Volunteers have and will continue to participate in garlic mustard pull events and help survey refuge for invasive plants. Surveys include taking pictures of the invasive plants and recording locations with GPS units and reporting via online and paper forms. Volunteers also helped setup and organize training sessions. Two volunteer training sessions were held at the refuge and total volunteers and volunteer hours reported incorporate attendance at these training sessions.
Total Number of Volunteers: 56
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 182
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area, Sierra Club, Shawnee RC&D, Shawnee National Forest, The Nature Conservancy, and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge


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).
Project is in progress and all results are not yet completed. So far, 42 volunteers have been trained on survey techniques and invasive plant identification. An additional training session is scheduled for May 2010.Equipment and supplies for additional workdays and training sessions have been purchased and are in use and the partnerships forged as part of this project continue to yield benefits to the Refuge through enhanced communication and partnerships in other projects. In addition to the volunteer training sessions, an aquatic plant control demonstration was organized and held on the refuge. This demonstration taught attendees about new techniques to safely and effectively control aquatic invasive plants. Staff from the Shawnee RC&D, Southern Illinois University, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Shawnee National Forest attended. Volunteers have helped control garlic mustard on nearly 2 acres of the Refuge, with more workdays being planned in the future. Currently, 32 volunteer hours have been put towards garlic mustard pulls. Volunteer surveys and training session attendance accounts for the remaining 150 volunteer hours. Volunteers have been responsible for finding new infestations of Oriental bittersweet and Japanese stiltgrass on the Refuge. We anticipate future survey work before the completion of the project.
Number of Acres Treated: 2
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 15
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $5,800

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 4,502 77.6
Chemical 1,500 25.9
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials

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


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