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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Blue Heron Trails Native Plant Restoration Project
Region: 8
Station: Stone Lakes NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Beatrix Treiterer (916)775-4421
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
This project would utilize volunteers, student volunteers and a volunteer coordinator to manually and mechanically remove invasive weeds including yellow starthistle, perennial pepperweed, and bristly oxtongue from the newly completed Blue Heron Trails on the Headquarters Unit of the Stone Lakes NWR. This area includes approximately 70 acres of restored native grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees around six wetland units. Volunteers will use mechanical and hand removal techniques around sensitive plants to eradicate invasive weeds.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Bristly Oxtongue Picris echioides
Yellow Starthistle Centaurea solstitialis
Perennial Pepperweed Lepidium latifolium
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp        VA_GradIntern                   
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Habitat Restoration Days will be offered to local schools and the public during the spring and summer and fall months. These work days will include information on the Refuge, native vegetation restoration, weed removal, and provide a rewarding experience for Refuge visitors.
Total Number of Volunteers: 180
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 425
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Ducks Unlimited Stone Lakes NWR Association Elk Grove Unified School District Girl Scouts Boy Scouts


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).
Entire 70 acre site has been surveyed for invasive species. Areas with invasive weeds have been mowed and weeds either have been mechanically removed or identified to be treated using herbicide during Jan-Feb. Native vegetation has been planted in areas where weeds have been removed. Area will be evaluated in spring of 2011 with the goal of 100% eradication of weeds and maintenance of native vegetation.
Number of Acres Treated: 20
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 70
Number of Acres Restored: 3


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $10,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1000 10
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 9000 90
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 10000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program is essential to meeting the invasive species objectives and monitor areas for new infestations. Additional funding would be helpful to expand the projects.


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