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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Forest Invasives - Fighting w/ Partners, Volunteers & Outreach
Region: 3
Station: Rice Lake NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Michelle McDowell, 218-768-2402
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
To limit and mitigate the threat of forest invasive species on Refuge lands as well as other lands in Aitikin County. This will be accomplished by treating all known Euorpean buckthorn sites on the refuge with volunteers, collect and bank ash seeds with volunteers to mitigate the threat from emerald ash borer, continue monitoring efforts to determine if gypsy moth is present on refuge lands, and continue outreach / education efforts with the public at community events like the Aitkin County Fair on what the impacts would be to landowners as well as on the native flora and fauna if these invasive forest species become established.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  European buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
Gypsy moth Lymantrias dispar
Emerald ash borer Agrilus planipennis
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 assisted in locating previously unidentified stands of European buckthorn and the appropriate treatment, including hand pulling and cutting with follow-up treatment of herbicide to the stumps. Collecting ash seed for banking at an approved facility. Provide printed materials on invasive forest species to the public during the Aitkin County Fair.
Total Number of Volunteers: 17
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 244
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Rice Lake Refuge for buckthorn control and outreach, Senior Community Employment Service Program for buckthorn control and ash seed collection, Refuge volunteers for buckthorn control, Aitkin County Land Department for outreach materials, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for gypsy moth trapping efforts, and the University of Minnesota, Department of Forestry Resources for coordination of Minnesota's Ash Seed Collection Project.


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).
European buckthorn inventory resulted in locating 10 new sites. Fourteen sites (including all new sites) were monitored and treated totaling about 30 acres. Ash seed collection resulted in 30 distinct samples for Minnesota's Ash Seed Collection Project. Gypsy moth trapping as an I/M method resulted in no captures. Approximately 500 people were provided an opportunity to learn more about forest invasives at the Aitkin County Fair.
Number of Acres Treated: 30
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 40
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $9,618

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $1,200 12.5%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $4,800 50%
Restoration Materials
Other $3,600 37%
TOTAL $9,600 100%

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


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