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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex
Region: 5
Contact Person: Rachel Cliche
Contact Phone Number: 410-639-2108
Date Report Submitted:

List Type and/or Affiliation(s) of Volunteers: Friends groups and local volunteers
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 20
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 40 hours of individual trainings (practice), 36 hours of actual mapping

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  Common Reed Phragmites australis
Wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius
Multiflora Rose Rosa multiflora
Japanese Stilt-grass Microstegium vimineum
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
Autumn Olive Cirsium arvense
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species: Garlic Mustard
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 61.02
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? No

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): We have not received follow-up funding, since our project was initiated this summer. 2006 will be our first year receiving follow up funding.
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding:
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding:
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration:


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? We were able to recruit dedicated volunteers who are not only interested in mapping invasive species, but also in invasive species management and native restoration efforts. The extra hands are greatly appreciated!

Though we are in the early stages of this mapping project, we have already targeted several invasive species as management priorities.

What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
Have various units available to train more than one individual. This will decrease your training time and allow volunteers to work together.

Train volunteers in an area that needs to be mapped and map it accurately. This allows you to train volunteers, and have a mapped product.

Break your Refuge/Management Area into smaller units, and assign each volunteer(s) to a specific unit. This will allow them to track thier progress and have a sense of accomplishment when they complete their unit.

Ask for volunteer input/advice throughout the entire process of this project. This will make the mapping project run more smoothly since they are the ones who are experiencing everything first hand.



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