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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Turnbull NWR Early Detection and Rapid Response Team
Region: 1
Station: Turnbull National Wildfie Refuge
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Mike Rule 509-235-4723
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Funding from this grant will allow for the purchase of biocontrol agents and chemicals to facilitate the rapid response phase of the project and to provide funds to hire an independent contractor through the Refuge’s Friend’s Group. The contractor will assist with coordinating the Refuge EDRRP through the summer of 2010. The contractor with the assistance of the AmeriCorps member, Refuge Volunteer Coordinator and Friends of Turnbull NWR will recruit and train volunteers in the use of GPS equipment, survey software and EDRRP protocols. In addition to the refuge work, a new Cooperative Weed Management Area has been organized for the region surrounding the refuge, some of the contractor’s time and other volunteers may assist with survey and control efforts adjacent to the refuge on private lands to support this cooperative venture.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Spotted knapweed
Dalmatian Toadflax
Diffuse knapweed
Canada thistle
Scothc thistle
Russian knapweed
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp         VA_AmeriCorps            VA_StudentConsAssoc           
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers were trained in survey and control techniques. Over 1000 acres were surveyed and 140 acres were treated for invasive species.
Total Number of Volunteers: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 560
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Friends of Turnbull NWR will provided an independent contractor and assisted with outreach and volunteer recruitment through their newsletter and membership. the student Conservation Association, Spokane Community College Environmental Sciences Program, Upper Columbia Academy, and other community groups and individuals assisted the refuge with the EDRRP teams. Washington Service Corps is our partner for the AmeriCorps program. Technical assistance was provided by the partners in the Cooperative Weed Management Area (Upper Columbia Resource Conservation and Development Council, Spokane County Extension, Spokane County Weed Board, and Washington State University Extension).


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).
3 SCA interns and an AmeriCorps volunteer were trained on the reufge invasive survey protocol and 1000 acres were sytematically surveyed. All data was entered into the refuge GIS and maps were produced of significnat weed occurences. Chemicals and Bio-control agents were also applied to 140 acres. A Cooperative Ageement with the refuges friends group was initiated to fund weed volunteer coordinator. This position will be filled in 2012. Several hundred voluinteers alos assisted with restoration efforts involvoing the control of reed canarygrass and the planting of native trees and shrubs on 2.5 acres of riparian habitat.
Number of Acres Treated: 140
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 1140
Number of Acres Restored: 0


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $10,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Chemical $5,000 50%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $5,000 50%
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $10,000

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
These funds have been critical to meeting our goal of intensively surveying the entire refuge area. We are nearing that goal. This work has resulted in the location of several previousily unknown infestations that have been completely controlled.


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