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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

Display Report


Project Title: Montezuma Alliance for the Restoration of Species and Habitat (M.A.R.S.H.)
Region: 5
Station: Montezuma NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Tom Jasikoff, 315-568-5987
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
The Montezuma Alliance for the Restoration of Species and Habitats (MARSH) is part of a larger effort to restore, protect, and enhance wildlife habitat on the 50,000-acre Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC). This volunteer group focuses on controlling invasive and establishing native species on refuge and state lands. MARSH provides a way for local residents to become involved with conservation at Montezuma. This year (2010) was the successful second year for MARSH.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
flowering rush Butomus umbellatus
European frogbit Hydrocharis morsus-ranae
water chestnut Trapa natans
sweet clover Melitotus sp.
Japanese stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp VA_Scouts    VA_SchoolGrp    VA_AmeriCorps                VA_CivicOrg        VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteer involvement included assisting in the removal of known populations of invasive species and the detection of new populations of invasive species located within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Volunteers assisted in restoration efforts including tree planting and woody debris removal. Manual labor included pulling, cutting, digging, planting, and spraying to control invasive and restore native species.
Total Number of Volunteers: 100
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 1260
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
The Friends of the Montezuma Wetland Complex, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Montezuma Audubon Center provided additional funding, assistance with coordination of work days, and volunteer service. The Finger Lakes Institute, the student chapter of the Wildlife Society at SUNY ESF, the Harriet Tubman House, Weedsport Cub Scouts, Applied Ecological Services, Awaga Canoe Club, and Morrisville College assisted with volunteer recruitment and provided 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).
Volunteer accomplishments include pulling more than 2,000 lbs. of European frogbit from an area greater than 20 acres, pulling more than 2,500 lbs. of water chestnut from 7.4 miles of shoreline, cutting all of the sweet clover in our Visitor Center Wildflower field (~1 acre), pulling all of the Japanese stiltgrass on the refuge (total of 2.5 acres), and cutting more than 9 acres of garlic mustard. Restoration efforts include the removal of woody debris from over 30 acres of grasslands and planting 950 native trees to convert 25 acres of former agricultural land into successional forest. As part of an early detection/rapid response effort, flowering rush was detected on the refuge. All known flowering rush populations were removed from the refuge (total of 3 sites).
Number of Acres Treated: 34
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 34
Number of Acres Restored: 58


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ $25,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $5,655 22%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract $16,000 64%
Restoration Materials $2,879 12%
Other $466 2%
TOTAL $25,000 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
Hiring a biological technician to coordinate volunteers and run the MARSH program has allowed us to monitor and map invasive species populations and control efforts as well as to control new species detected (e.g., flowering rush). MARSH allows us to work cooperatively with partners within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to control invasive and restore native species in the highest priority areas within the 50,000-acre area. Having an employee devoted to this project improved our environmental education and outreach providing for a better run program and more informed public. MARSH will continue to improve as long as funds are available to dedicate staff to this important program so new volunteers can be recruited, more invasive species can be controlled, more areas can be restored to native species, and monitoring the results or our efforts can continue.


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