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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Eliminating the Street Gangs of the Plant World
Region: 3
Station: Savanna District
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Ed Britton 815-273-2732
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Lost Mound Sand Prairie is the largest remnant sand prairie in Illinois containing 4,000 acres. At least 20 invasive plants have been introduced over the decades at this closed military installation. Upon receipt of the grant a partnership of volunters and government agencies began a multi year project to map and eliminate invasive plants. A $38,555 match in funding was received for the $20k grant. Control techniques include prescribed burning, mechanical removal and herbicide application.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Crown Vetch
Leafy Spurge
Cypress Spurge
Sweet Clover
Eastern Red Cedar
Black Locust
Spotted Knap Weed
Russian Olive
Bush Honeysuckle
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)
In 2010, volunteers initiated field surveys to identify and begin mapping the location of specific invasive plants. This required a significant effort due to the large size( 4,000 acres of sand prairie). This mapping effort will continue in 2011 and volunteers will start post treatment evaluationds to determine the effectiveness conclusions to determine the effectiveness of each management technique in elimination of invasive plants. Another 100 hrs.of volunteer time is expected in 2011 and 50 hrs. in 2012.
Total Number of Volunteers: 10
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 90 in 2010; 100 est.in 2011; 50 est. in 2012
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Lost Mound Corps of Discovery and the Conservation Guardians of Northwest Illinois were the primary volunteer partners. The IL Department of Natural Resources and the USGS Environmental Science Center were agency partners.


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).
During 2010, invasive plants were located and mapped. Mechanical removal of Red Cedar was conducted on the 300 acres. Prescribed burning was planned for 900 acres but ornate box turtles emerged early from hibernation and halted all grassland burning. 1,000 acres are scheduled for burning in March 2011. Threatened and endangered species were located and mapped to prevent impacts. Field surveys were compared to aerial infrared photos by signature on the photo. A strategic plan for the control of invasive plants was identified for 2011.
Number of Acres Treated: Red Cedars were removed from 300 acres in 2010
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 2,500
Number of Acres Restored: 300


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $20,000; Station added $38,555.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Chemical $10,000.00 50
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other $10,000.00 50
TOTAL $20,000.00 100

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The volunteer grant provided the funding needed to implement an intensive invasive plant control program. The result was an additional $38,555 was contributed toward the project and our partnership with land conservation organizations was greatly enhanced. The final objective will not be achieved for 1-2 years, but the grant provided a jump start on a very important invasive plant control program that had been talked about for years. Thank you


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