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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Ottawa NWR
Region: 3
Contact Person: Kathy Huffman
Contact Phone Number: 419-898-0014
Date Report Submitted:

List Type and/or Affiliation(s) of Volunteers: Refuge volunteers
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 4 new volunteers in 2005
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 160

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Giant reed Phragmites australis
Flowering rush Butomus umbellatus
Multiflora rose Rosa multiflora
Autumn olive Elaeagnus umbellata
Honeysuckle Rhamnus sp.
Buckthorn Lonicera sp.
Tree of Heavan Ailanthus altissima
False indigo Amorpha fruitcosa
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species: False indigo
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 295
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? Yes

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): Purchase of field gear for volunteers, purchase mapping equipment, purchase pesticides and spraying equipment, spray and hand pulling of invasives, purchase supplies for rearing biocontrol beetles for purple loosestrife
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: 250
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding: 40
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 2


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? It has allowed us to map and visually assess the extent of the invasives problem, which allows us to more effectively prioritize and create a plan of attack. Mapping comprehensively has also identified new or previously unknown invasive species and infestation areas. Funding has allowed us to purchase equipment and pesticides, and fund a volunteer coordinator. This has allowed us to greatly increase the amount of work done, both in mapping and treatment.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
A large amount of time has been required in troubleshooting glitches in the system. Editing of assessment polygons in ArcPad will cause fatal import/export errors into the WIMS database. Periodic training refreshers with volunteers can ensure accurate and complete data entry. Provide laminated field identification guides for invasives and similar confusing species, and critical data elments/proceedures for mapping in ArcPad. Retention of some volunteers has been difficult due to sometimes arduous field conditions.


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