2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Monitoring and Control of Invasive Species
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
Name and Phone Number
Perry Williams 812 273 0783
(Up to 250 words)
Big Oaks NWR developed an Adaptive Management/ Structured Decision Making Framework to monitor and assess effectiveness of invasive plant species and control efforts for those plants. The funding we received for this project was used for a component of this project and was specifically used to purchase herbicides to target select plants. Specifically, we targeted Asian Bush Honeysuckle using a combination of herbicides. We set up an observational study in which we developed plots to monitor how well our treatments worked in killing Asian Bush Honeysuckle. Once plots were established and data were collected, we sprayed roughly 50 acres of highly-invaded forest using our herbicides. Spraying was conducted from mid-Oct to mid-Dec 2010. We used backpack sprayers to apply the herbicide. Two volunteer interns and the wildlife biologist at Big Oaks NWR conducted both the data collection and the spraying. Monitoring of the plots will continue during summer 2010 to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment, as the effectiveness was impossible to estimate during the winter (due to difficulty in determining whether plants were dead or dormant).
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Asian Bush Honeysuckle
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers were involved in data collection and herbicide application.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
This project was an extension of an adaptive management/ structured decision making project developed by the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Biological Network. Thus, data collected from this project will be incorporated in their project to help address information needs about invasive species control.
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).
Results are pending and will be available after summer 2011. Results are delayed because of the difficulty in assessing mortality of targeted species during the plant's dormant season. The monitoring that will produce the results will be covered in the duties of the Wildlife Biologist, and therefore will not requre additional funds.
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?
This funding was very useful in targeting an area that was of high concern due to the invasive plants. I recommend continued funding of grants like this one.
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