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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Invasive Plant Control on Kodiak Refuge: A Volunteer-Partnered IPM Project
Region: 7
Station: Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Bill Pyle; 907.487.0228
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
We continued cooperative action on prevention, outreach, and inventory with efforts focused in and around remote settlements, many of which were inholdings within the legislative boundary of the Refuge. Control operations were limited to manual methods at infestation sites where manual and herbicide methods were jointly applied during 2003-2008. This limitation was due to the Service’s fall 2008 suspension of herbicide application on Alaska NWRs pending completion of NEPA requirements. On November 4, 2010, the Refuge concluded its NEPA planning process: the Refuge Manger approved a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). This FONSI supports implementation of the strategy of invasive plant management proposed by the Refuge in an Environmental Assessment of June 2010. Moreover, the proposed and approved integrated pest management strategy makes allowance for use of two chemicals, aminopyralid and glyphosate, as tools to facilitate control of invasive plants in the appropriate situations.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Orange hawkweed Hieracium aurantiacum
Canada thistle Cirsium arvense
Oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
Creeping buttercup Ranunculus repens
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 assisted with all aspects of the refuge's field operations pertaining to invasive plant management including surveillance, mapping, outreach, and manual control operations.
Total Number of Volunteers: 10
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 560
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation Distric and other non-affiliated, locally resident individual volunteers


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).
We continued intensive surveillance, monitoring, and manual control of orange hawkweed at Camp Island, Karluk Lake. Three field crews collectively invested a week of effort; revisited historically documented infestation sites; and removed hawkweed flowers and flower buds. Monitoring results revealed that some remnant infestations of hawkweed had apparently increased in cover in response to absence of herbicide control in 2009-10. No action was taken on the remnant infestation of Canada thistle on Garden Island, Uganik Bay. At Refuge Headquarters in Kodiak, we mowed flowers of oxeye daisy on remnant infestation sites. We resurveyed creeping buttercup and oxeye daisy infestations at the Akalura Cannery, Olga Bay; they also removed buttercup growth adjacent to a small spring creek. Volunteer botanists surveyed the areas surrounding three study sites on Sitkalidak Island and another study site based out of the village of Old Harbor. The Refuge paid transportation costs of District crews sent to survey and manually control invasive plants in the villages of Akhiok and Karluk. We paid travel and workshop registration costs for participation of a locally-based botanist in a weeklong invasive plant management workshop in Anchorage, Alaska. We also supported attendance of the District’s invasive plant coordinator at the 11th Annual Alaska Noxious and Invasive Plants Management Workshop in October 2010. Development and approval of the Refuge’s Environmental Assessment regarding invasive plant management was a major effort and dominant management action in 2010. A considerable portion of this years’ grant was used to support EA development by Refuge staff.
Number of Acres Treated: 3
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 500
Number of Acres Restored: 0


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 25,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1,168 5
Biocontrol Agents
Travel 8,605 34
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 2,733 11
Restoration Materials
Other 12,494 50
TOTAL 25,000 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program instrumentally supports invasive plant management efforts in furtherance of the habitat conservation mission at Alaskan NWRs.


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