U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Logo U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Prairie Restoration; A potential method of weed control in ND & SD
Region: 6
Station: Multi-Station (ND & SD)
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Kyle Kelsey 605-256-2974
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
As a multi-station effort in cooperation with Dr. Jack Norland of North Dakota State University, we are proposing to utilize fund from the ‘Invasive Species Management with Volunteers’ funding to initiate a pilot year to investigate how the use of native plants in grassland plantings can contribute to weed management and biodiversity. We will utilize the planting of mixes of native competitive forbs as previous documented in this proposal. We will combine field experiments with surveys of existing grassland plantings and ultimately develop adaptive management protocols for land managers that use native plants in grassland plantings. Devils Lake, Tewaukon and Madison WMD will be utilizing Volunteers through the Minnesota Conservation Corps, the Friends of Sullys Hill, and local school groups to collect native grass and forb seed on native prairie sites in the area. This seed will be planted on study sites for this project. It is estimated that this volunteer effort will total 5 days of work with 25 volunteers with an average of 7 volunteers per day for the 5 days, totaling about 280 hours. NDSU undergraduate student volunteers will assist the graduate student on this project in collecting field data and inputting the results. It is planned that 2-3 students will assist the graduate student from July 1- August 20. The students plan to work 3 days per week for 7 weeks both for field work and post data processing. This works out to be approximately 168 hours.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
Absinith wormwood Artemisia absinthium
Yellow toadflax Linaria vulgries
Musk thistle Carduus nutans
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp             VA_GradIntern                    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
NDSU designed the study and provided volunteers (graduates) for monitoring. Madison, Devils Lake, and Tewaukon stations and Valley City State University provided volunteers for hand seed collection.
Total Number of Volunteers: 10
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 400
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Continued the strong partnership with NDSU in grassland restoration and invasive species control. Initiated new partnership with VCSU for graduate assistance. Involved the NRCS Plant Materials Center in planning and development of products.


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).
To date, 130 acres have been planted to a diverse mix of native species. Madison WMD monitored their 100 acres the first year post seeding. An additonal 150 acres will be seeding in 2011 with monitoring on all sites. NDSU is developing plots in the lab for experimental controls.
Number of Acres Treated: 130
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 100
Number of Acres Restored: 230


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $20,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials $20,000 100
TOTAL $20,000

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Still in the process of evaluating the seeded areas.


- Return to Main Menu -