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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Invasive Species Mapping
Region: 3
Station: Patoka River NWR 31560
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Lindsey Landowski 812-506-4131
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The Invasives grant program provided Patoka River NWR necessary funding to map and treat invasives on the refuge in 2010. The Region 3 Eastern Broadleaf Forest Network developed a vegetative invasive mapping protocol as a general tool to collect data on habitat metrics to (1) provide information necessary for state dependent decision-making, (2) to evaluate management performance, and (3) to facilitate improved management through learning. This protocol was amended from the Invasive Plant Mapping Standards (North American Weed Management Association 2002) and its supplement (Beyond North American Weed Management Association Standards), to meet our objectives. This protocol involves the use of plots to gather information on habitat metrics. Plots were placed randomly across the refuge to identify system state, placed in management units before and after a management action to evaluate the performance of management, and will be used in management units to answer specific questions related to the management. Two college STEP interns performed vegetation identification and mapping duties with a Trimble Nomad mobile mapping unit, and mechanically/chemically treated invasives. The 2010 YCC crew also assisted the STEPs with the mapping project and mechanically treated invasives. In addition to those efforts, a group of 11 volunteers assisted with Patoka River NWR to chemically treat areas that were mechanically treated in the fall of 2009. A total of 110 plots were mapped. Approximately 20 acres were mechanically and chemically treated.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Autumn olive Eleaganus umbellata
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
Bush Honeysuckle Lonicera spp.
Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Mimosa Albizia julibrissin
Multiflora Rose Rosa multiflora
Japanese stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Sericea lespedeza Lespedeza cuneata
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)
The volunteers chemically treated 15 acres of Autumn olive, multiflora rose, bush honeysuckle, and Japanese honeysuckle. In fall of 2009, with other funds, we hired an ecological contractor to mechanically remove autumn olive, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose with a Fecon skid steer loader with a grinding brush head to grind the plants. The volunteers used foliar spray on re-shoots and untreated plants as well as basal bark spraying around the root collars. The herbicides had dye so it was more readily identifiable which areas had been treated or not. The volunteers used backpack sprayers and ATV-mounted power sprayers for taller vegetation. Along with a portable emergency eye wash station, they had access to proper PPE like goggles and chemical gloves.
Total Number of Volunteers: 11
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 77
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Peabody Energy, Vigo Coal Co., Indiana Departement of Natural Resources, and private citizens/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).
A total of 110 random plots/points across the refuge were identified and mapped and incorporated into RLGIS (infected areas and acreage will be computed soon). The mapping program will need to continue to sample more locations on the refuge. A total of 20 acres of were chemically treated by staff and volunteers.
Number of Acres Treated: 20
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 110 plots (acreage will be computed soon)
Number of Acres Restored: 20


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $9,618

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 9618 9618
Restoration Materials

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The funds were extremely beneficial to implement the refuge's first invasive mapping effort, to assess high priority areas, to establish baseline data for future treatments and monitoring, and treatment of selected areas. In 2011, more focus will be placed on chemically and mechanically treating high priority areas and incorporating volunteers with this effort. Additional funds will be needed to chemically treat more areas that were identified as priority areas for the future. This project will enable us to use our Refuge Friends group, school groups, outdoors groups, and native plant groups more effectively based on our prioritized areas. This would be a good Earth Day or Refuge Appreciation Day project as well.


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