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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Inventory, Control and Monitoring of Noxious Weeds on the Islands of Audubon Complex
Region: 6
Station: Audubon Refuge 62540
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Craig Hultberg
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Create EDRR for 1/3 out of a total of 150 islands covering approximately 1,000 acres. Islands will be accessed by boat, airboat, and canoe. Invasive plants will be mapped (GIS). Action thresholds will be established. Weeds will be treated using IPM methods. Follow up of treatments will be conducted.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Russian olive Elaeagnus argentea
Chinese elm Ulmus parvifolia
Wormwood Artemisia absinthium L.
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense L.
Black henbane Hyoscyamus niger L.
Musk thistle Carduus nutans L.
Leafy spurge Euphorbia esula L.
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)
The volunteer participated and organized a work schedule to utilize Refuge staff and ISST folks to control, inventory, and monitor weeds on 47 out of 150 islands. Information was then put in a data base, maps were created, and a report was completed. Volunteer was also involved in piping plover recovery program, waterfowl pair counts, avian surveillance for mortality events, and waterfowl nest dragging.
Total Number of Volunteers: 1
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 640
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Partnered with ND Game and Fish in using large boat to haul ATV's and water tanks to islands and also checking on some of their (NDGF) islands.


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).
47 out of an estimated 150 islands had weed control work done. EDRR for 2 black henbane infestations and 2 leafy spurge infestations. Maps of all 150 islands were generated from RLGIS. Weed information was also inputed for 30 islands.
Number of Acres Treated: 256.94
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 313
Number of Acres Restored: 200


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $9,560

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,335.10 14%
Chemical $3,951 41%
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $580 6%
Volunteer Stipends $1593.90 17%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other $2,100 22%
TOTAL $9,560 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Very useful. Able to focus on a specific project and achieved a lot. It was estimated it would take three years to complete and control weeds on the 150 islands and we got pretty close in getting 1/3 of the total islands completed.


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