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2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Control of Chinese and European privet and Japanese Honeysuckle
Region: 4
Station: Wapanocca NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Eric S. Johnson
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
In the Project Area (1,100 acres), the invasives (privet and honeysuckle) are present along the extant forest edge and pose an immediate threat to newly reforested areas. The infestation areas are now interior to the Refuge and will within the decade be located in interior forest where they will persist indefinitely.The project objective is to eliminate current infestations as well as prevent the plants from spreading from localized pockets. The Project Goals are: • Assess and map treatment area to identify infestations • Reduce infestation densities to less than 20% within one year after initial treatment. • Eradicate these species within the Project Area within six years of initial treatment.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Chinese privet Ligustrum sinense
European privet Ligustrum vulgare
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
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)
4 volunteers in the form of college students majoring in Wildlife Management conducted herbicide control on known infestations. They also supervised up to 4 YCC crew students to implement the control. The herbicide application was a basal spray of Garlon 4. In the winter months the treatment area is scheduled to be mapped.
Total Number of Volunteers: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 80
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Each year the Refuge seeks new volunteers to assist with invasives control and other Refuge projects.


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).
Initial observations are that privet experienced at least an 80% dieback in areas treated. Lack of control can be attributed to improper application (i.e. herbicide did not cover the complete base of the shrub), or overlooking individual plants. Since the infestations are small in size and adjacent to abundant natural seed sources there is no need for active restoration; therefore, acres restored is estimated at around 80% of acres treated.
Number of Acres Treated: 92
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 92
Number of Acres Restored: ~70


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 8,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $3,575
Chemical $4,425
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $8,000

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This is a great program. If we had not received these funds we would not have pursued this project. But, because we do have the funds we are using them and because of the plan developed in the proposal process we have a decent plan for control.


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