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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Souris River Basin Invasives Squad
Region: 6
Station: Upper Souris NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Jennifer Jewett 701-385-4046, ext 221
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Upper Souris Refuge is in need of a more concise and rigorous invasive species management program to address new "invaders" to its upland ecosystems. In an effort to initiate this task, we welcomed a National Civilian Community Corps AmeriCorps crew during the summer to assist in the removal of invasive plant species using chemical and biological methods. Weed infestations have been mapped previously and additions to the RLGIS file were made this summer by the volunteer group. The new “invader” Yellow Toadflax was specifically targeted by a new biological control agent, the Stem Mining Weevil. As always, invasive species need constant monitoring and treatment by Integrated Pest Management techniques. Even though much was completed by the AmeriCorps crew, we feel this is an ongoing project and are already working on the project application to host another AmeriCorps crew this coming summer.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense
Absinth Wormwood Artemisia absinthium
Yellow Toadflax Linaria vulgries
Leafy Spruge Euphorbia esula
Baby's Breath Gypsophila paniculata
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)
The National Civilian Community Corps AmeriCorps Team Oak 7 assisted Upper Souris Refuge with invasive species treatment and removal using chemical and biological methods. Herbicide was applied with the use of backpack sprayers. Biological control agents were either ordered or collected by sweeping and released in sites not easily accessible by ATV. The AmeriCorps crew also helped in monitoring biological control release sites by counting stems to monitor the effectiveness of the agent in years to come.
Total Number of Volunteers: 11
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 969
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Upper Souris Refuge has developed a successful cooperative effort with NCCC AmeriCorps and plans to utilize the partnership in the future to help achieve management goals on the refuge, especially in the arena of Integrated Pest Management.


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).
AmeriCorps volunteers assisted with the removal and treatment of invasive plants using chemical and biological methods and documented efforts through GPS units and RLGIS. The crew targeted Leafy Spurge in areas of steep terrain not accessible to ATV’s with backpack sprayers. The AmeriCorps crew also counted 41,171 stems across five Yellow Toadflax stem boring weevil release sites that may possibly control 11 acres of Yellow Toadflax. In addition, 132 acres were “scanned” or “swept” on foot with nets looking for the presence and abundance of Leafy Spurge Beetles. From the beetles collected, and some ordered, approximately 36,000 Leafy Spurge Beetles were released to potentially control 50 acres of Leafy Spurge.
Number of Acres Treated: 200
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 10
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $6770.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $6770.00
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $6770.00

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
This program was very useful for meeting refuge invasive species objectives at Upper Souris Refuge. We will continue to utilize the program for future invasive species treatment efforts. No improvement is noticed at this time in the program.


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