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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Region: 7
Contact Person: John Morton
Contact Phone Number: 907-260-2815
Date Report Submitted:

List Type and/or Affiliation(s) of Volunteers: biological interns
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 4
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 240

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  reed canary grass Phalaris arundinacea
white sweet clover Melilotus alba
common dandelion Taraxacum officinale
scotch broom Cytisus scoparius
hempnettle Galeopsis tetrahit
orange hawkweed Hieracium aurantiacum
oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vlugare
bird vetch vicia cracca
common tansy Tanacetum vugare
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species:
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 132 acres
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? Yes

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): Since this was the first year of the project, we have not received the $10K yet. However, we have used this project to help us complete pilot inventories of several human footprints (trails, roads, campgrounds, seismic lines, oil & gas pads); sponsor the Dandelion Sundae, a community weed-pull, in cooperation with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service and Kenai Watershed Forum; publish 2 articles on weeds in the Refuge Notebook, a weekly newspaper column in the Peninsula Clarion; produce a USFWS brochure (Invasive Flora of the Kenai Peninsula) in cooperation with the Branch of Printing & Publishing in Arlington; contribute data to the Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse; publicize the invasive species issue in Alaska through an interview with Lori Townsend of Alaska Public Radio; and present a paper on exotic flora at 2 spatial scales at the 6th annual meeting of the Committee for Noxious & Invasive Plant Management.
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: 0.5 acres
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding: 0
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 0


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? We identified 52 spp of exotic flora including 13 previously unreported for the Kenai Peninsula. This work has helped elevate exotic/invasive plants as an issue on this refuge and among the community.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
We have a need for WIMS to allow multiple species entries for a single spatial coordinate to facilitate survey sampling. WIMS is primarily designed for mapping a polygon around a single species.


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