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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Working with Communities to Control Garlic Mustard at Rachel Carson NWR
Region: 5
Station: Rachel Carson
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Kate OBrien (207) 646-9226
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge owns over 750 acres in York and Kittery. Habitats are oak-pine forest with vernal pools and shrublands surrounding salt marsh and estuary habitat. Portions of upland forest have a dense understory of native shrubs. This area supports New England cottontail, BCC priority birds for BCR 30, as well as a rare plant community of statewide importance. The Refuge has had great success controlling garlic mustard at our rare plant community by hand pulling with volunteers, however garlic mustard continues to spread along roadsides and each year we find a new infestation on the Refuge. It not only threatens our current holdings, but our future acquisitions along the York River. We will work with local communities and highway departments to stop the spread of this plant along roadsides in York and Kittery, as well as control infestations on Refuge lands. We have scouted out the locations of the plant, and it is at a point where control is possible, however only if we have a rapid response.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
Project Status: InProgress
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp            VA_GardenClub            VA_MGardener    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
During the spring and summer of 2010, we worked with community members, the New England Wildflower Society and town park officials to host two volunteer days to remove garlic mustard from refuge and non-refuge lands. These volunteer days totaled over 120 volunteer hours, more than 50 bags of garlic mustard were removed, and involved 40 volunteers, community members and school children alike. Informational brochures on garlic mustard, designed in conjunction with community and conservation commission members, were delivered to land owners in proximity of the invasion. Additionally, a public outreach packet is currently in draft and will be completed over the winter for dispersal in the spring. In preparation for approaching local and state highway departments, we have mapped garlic mustard infestations and occurrences along roadways in York and Kittery, ME. Although we have not yet contacted transportation departments, we plan to send letters and informational packets to officials over the winter, as well as host a small informational workshop in early spring before garlic mustard leafs out.
Total Number of Volunteers: 40
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: >120
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
New England Wildlflower Society Town of Kittery Noble High School


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).
Removed 50 bags of garlic mustard, multi-year pulling is reducing garlic mustard greatly. We need to involve highway and road departments.
Number of Acres Treated: 20
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:


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

Total Grant Amount:

$ 12,000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract 12,000 100
Restoration Materials

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
We would not be able to conduct this program without the support of this grant. Thank you.


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