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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Establishing and Implementing an Early Detection Rapid Response Plan for Coastal Refuges in South Carolina and Georgia
Region: 4
Station: Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Chuck Hayes, 843.784.9911
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
It is universally accepted that early detection and rapid response is the best way to prevent the spread of new invasive organisms. Control of established invasives like Chinese tallow or fire ants is a daunting task and requires focused and intense application of refuge resources. However, preventing the expansion of established species and the introduction of new species is the most effective and efficient method of managing invasives. The first step, and the most effective, is to have a network of trained observers in the field to provide a reliable reporting system along with a rapid response utilizing all effective methods of control. The need for a systematic approach to invasive species control on the coastal refuges of South Carolina and Georgia has never been greater. The temperate climate along with being juxtaposed to the busiest global trade route on the Atlantic Coast and an expanding harbor makes the Coastal Refuges ground zero for the introduction and spread of invasive organisms.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Chinese Tallow Triadica sebifera
Autumn Olive Eleagnus umbellata
Water Hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes
Japanese Climbing Fern Lygodium japonicum
Cogon grass Imperata cylindrica
Beach vitex Vitex rotundifolia
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 chemically treated Chinese tallow (Triadica segifera) and Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata). Volunteers utilized handheld GPS units to map treated areas. Volunteers designed an EDRR display for the Complex.
Total Number of Volunteers: 12
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 120
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).


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).
Volunteers were trained in invasive plant identification and survey techniques. Volunteers located and mapped a 50 acre covered in autumn olive. Volunteers chemically treated 27 acres of autumn olive 2 using Garlon 3A and 7 acres of Chinese tallow using Clearcast. Unknown populations of kudzu and Japanese climbing fern were discovered and mapped within the survey area, 7 acres. Volunteers designed an EDRR display. Volunteers are in the process of sending the design to the vendor.
Number of Acres Treated: 34
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 57
Number of Acres Restored: 34


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

Total Grant Amount:


Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 6485.09
Chemical 10000
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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