2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Morgan Brake NWR Kudzu Eradication Project
Morgan Brake NWR
Name and Phone Number
(Up to 250 words)
Kudzu is currently invading at several locations along the refuge boundardy. In order to stop the progression this invasive before becoming widespread across the refuge, treatment began in 2009. Areas in need of treatment are relatively small (less than 25 acres). Grant funding through the "Volunteers Working With Invasives" provided for follow-up treatment in 2010. A culvert crossing was installed and all four focus areas previously identified for herbicide treatment were addressed. Continued treatment in 2011 and 2012 are scheduled.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers provided manual labor by treating both cut stems and foliage with Tranline herbicide.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
During the course of this project, an adjacent landowner was contacted and notified prior to the refuge taking action towards treating kudzu along the boundary. Over the course of the year and after several informational discussions, the landowner decided to also treat the kudzu on his property. This decision by the adjacent landowner is critical to the long-term eradication of kudzu on the refuge.
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).
Kudzu was treated chemically at all four known locations along the refuge boundary. Approximately 10 acres were treated with Transline herbicide using both foliar and stem applications. Although initial results look good on the areas treated, follow-up in 2011 and 2012 will be necessary due the the species ability to resprout from the dense, tuberous roots.
Number of Acres Treated:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
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
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Funding through this program was critical in the acquisition of the herbicide needed to treat kudzu as the cost is very high. Without this program we would not have been able to install access to reach critical areas for treatment. Funds provided through this program were instrumental in the refuge's ability to meet invasive species objectives.
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