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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Sherburne NWR
Region: 3
Contact Person: Greg M. Dehmer
Contact Phone Number: 763-389-3323 x12
Date Report Submitted:

List Type and/or Affiliation(s) of Volunteers: Refuge Volunteer
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 2
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 16

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species:
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 3
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? No

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): n/a
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: n/a
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding: n/a
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 0


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? This project has benefited Sherburne NWR by providing the tools needed for volunteers to assist the refuge staff mark and map invasives. Once the volunteers have identified infestations, the invasives can be treated. In addition, volunteers are able to take pride in the project once the invasives are treated. Due to project participation, the volunteers become aware of the management need and spread the message to the community regarding the effects of invasive plant species.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
Since this was our first year I think that the expectations were very high. Between technology issues and volunteer labor, there are some growing pains that we will need to go through before things will flow smoothly. With another field season approaching I feel we will have a better handle on some of our glitches and will be able to map more acres and treat more invasives. In short, my advice is for stations to be patient and to spend time planning the best mapping strategy and time utilization for the volunteers to effectively implement this project.


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