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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive Plant Posse
Region: 3
Station: Upper Mississippi River NW&FR - Winona District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Lisa Reid 507-494-6234
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District is a partner in the Wabasha County Cooperative Weed Management Area. Through this partnership, six priority invasive species have been targeted; spotted knapweed, leafy spurge, wild parsnip, cow vetch, European buckthorn and honeysuckle. The Winona District and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will work with local geocachers to map these target species in both Wabasha and Winona Counties. This project will reach a non-traditional user group (geocachers) and provide them another “treasure” to hunt down and GPS. Any volunteer with a GPS unit will be welcome to join the hunt or they can check-out a GPS unit from the refuge. Field identification guides of the target species will be provided to each volunteer. This project will benefit the refuge and the WMA by providing a small army of people outfitted with GPS units to map invasives on the Winona District portion of the Refuge. The mapping effort will ultimately be used to develop a control plan. Project funds will be used to support a STEP student to provide outreach about the program, train volunteers, field check data points submitted by volunteers, input points into a GIS database and map the target species as they occur on or near the Refuge.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  spotted knapweed Centaurea stoebe
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
wild spurge Pastinaca sativa
cow vetch Vicia cracca
European buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
honeysuckles Lonicera tatarica, L. bella, L. morrow
garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
crown vetch Securigera varia
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp                                 VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers looked for and GPS’d invasive species on the refuge and nearby areas. They also helped put on a geocaching event to draw in new volunteers to the effort.
Total Number of Volunteers: 15
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 220
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of the Refuge Headwaters Wabasha County Cooperative Weed Management Area - including The Nature Conservancy, MN DOT, MN DNR, Wabasha County, Wabasha Soil & Water Conservation District, US Army Corps of Engineers


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).
Baseline information on invasive plant locations was collected at 26 sites along the Upper Mississippi River totaling about 1740 acres. The locations were mapped in GIS and will be used to develop a control strategy focusing on noxious weeds and minimizing spread of early invaders. One geocaching event was held to attract volunteers. A local television station and newspaper ran stories on the effort, after which it was picked up by the Associated Press. We will continue to recruit volunteers to look for early invaders and help with control efforts.
Number of Acres Treated:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 1740
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 5000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 400 8
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 4600 92
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 5000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This was very useful in getting a start on baseline conditions for a few of the invasive plant species. It helped to have one staff person focused on this effort. We have found a number of areas where volunteers can help us with mechanical control of plant species including a number of places where we didn’t know there was an invasion. We plan to expand our search for volunteers not only to continue to search for other infestations, but to help in the control.


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