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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Glossy Buckthorn Management
Region: 3
Station: Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Mark Vaniman 906-586-9851 x11
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Reduce the geographic extent and dominance of glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus) within Unit 1 of Seney NWR, with special emphasis placed on the M-77 corridor, WigWam Spur Trail, and HQ/VC area. Where spatially explicit patches existed outside of the known invasion area, we used global positioning systems (GPS) technology to locate and map treated areas for follow-up management. Project will improve habitat by removal of an invasive species that outcompetes native soft mast-producing shrubs such as Prunus, Alnus, etc. Quality of visitor experience was enhances as more diverse shrub wetlands provide opportunities to observed multiple wildlife species.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Glossy buckthorn Frangula alnus
Project Status: Completed
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)
Chemical and mechanical removal of buckthorn from interior wetland areas. GPS coordiantes recorded for return visits to control sites
Total Number of Volunteers: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 240
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Seney NWR is part of the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area, with cooperators that include the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the State of Michigan, etc.


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).
Per the 2010 treatment report: The 2010 GLBT management season began on 18 May and ended on 12 September, with treatment occurring over 44 days. A total of 108,692 ounces (849 gal) of a 2.5% Rodeo solution was sprayed, equating to approximately 45 gallons of Rodeo (54% active ingredient) being applied to different areas of the Refuge. On average, nearly 2,470 ounces (19 gallons) of 2.5% Rodeo were sprayed each working day. Overall, management effort by Refuge staff (minus other laborers) is nearly the same as in recent years. For instance, in 2009 42 days were spent managing glossy buckthorn and in 2008 43 days. Effectiveness of treatments were assessed by work published by Nagel et. al. (2008, Ec. Res.) and Corace et al. (2008, Ec. Res.).
Number of Acres Treated: 20
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored: Zero (0), per previous published studies, restoration requires multiple treatments and time. Furthermore, areas impacted are highly altered, relative to pre-European condition.


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $6,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $2,000.00 33
Chemical $3,000.00 50
Biocontrol Agents
Travel $250.00 4
Volunteer Stipends $750.00 12
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $6,000.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?


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