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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form

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Project Title: Anaho Island NWR Invasive Plant Survey
Region: 8
Station: Stillwater NWR Complex 84590
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Donna Withers 775-423-5128 x231
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Utilize volunteers to develop and conduct annual vegetation surveys to document species composition, density, and distribution on recently exposed shorelines and other upland areas. Effort will provide for early detection of non-native invasive plant species colonizing these areas and allow for rapid management response.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Tall whitetop Lepidium latifolium
Salt Cedar Tamarix sp
Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Medusahead Rye Taeniatherum caput-medusae
Cheatgrass Bromus tectorum
Red brome Bromus rubens
Russian Thistle Salsola tragus
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
    VA_SchoolGrp                            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Graduate student volunteers from the University of Nevada Reno developed a field plant ID guide, survey methodology, and database.
Total Number of Volunteers: 4 (to date)
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 120 (to date)
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
University of Nevada, Reno Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe


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).
The funding provided in FY2010 provided the ability to initiate an invasive vegetation monitoring program on Anaho Island NWR. The funding was utilized to purchase field equipment ($812.00) and gift cards ($2,688.00)for volunteer stipends, and to fund an agreement ($2,500.00) with the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit at the University of Nevada, Reno. Under the UNR-CESU agreement, graduate students created a plant ID guide specific to Anaho Island, developed the plant survey methodology (including criteria for selection of sample plots and transects), field forms, and database for Anaho Island. The time invested by the graduate students exceeded the funding provided, so the balance of their effort is considered volunteer hours. The criteria for success listed in the Project proposal [1)training 3-5 volunteers, 2) establishing shoreline transects, and 3)surveying 90% of the shoreline transects]were not met due the effort invested in developing the methodology, combined with time constraints and unfavorable weather. Beginning in early spring 2011, the graduate students and other volunteers will field test the survey methodology by completing shoreline transects and upland plots and then entering data into the database. The graduate students will train the volunteers, as well as refuge staff. Gift cards purchased in 2010 will be utilized to provide stipends for volunteers in 2011.
Number of Acres Treated:
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:

$ $ 6,000.00

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies $ 812.00 13%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends $ 2,688.00 45%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
Other $ 2,500.00 42%
TOTAL $ 6,000.00 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?


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