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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Silvio O. Conte NFWR
Region: 5
Contact Person: Barry Parrish
Contact Phone Number: 413.548.8002 x113
Date Report Submitted:

List Type and/or Affiliation(s) of Volunteers: Friends of Pondicherry, Massachusetts Audubon, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Holyoke Youth Build, Hampden County Sherrif's Prison Crews, Individual Citizens
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 8
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 100

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  Water Chestnut Trapa natans
Spotted Knapweed Centaurea maculosa
Morrow's Honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii
Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense
Purple Loosestife Lythrum salicaria
Japanese Knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species: Water Chestnut
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 2,320*
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? Yes

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): Purchases FY2006: 1. Handheld GPS for better mapping capability. 2. Canoe for invasive plant searching & Purple Loosestrife control along pond shorelines at Pondicherry. 3. Acquisition of Galerucella beetles for Purple Loosestrife control. 4. Acquisition of an injection system & glyphosate for Japanese Knotweed treatment study in partnership with NH DOT. 5. Early Detection & Rapid Response for Water Chestnut in the lower Connecticut River watershed.
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: 924
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding:
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 162


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? Pondicherry: Volunteers have the tools available to locate & treat invasives each year. This program has allowed us to stay on top of relatively new infestations. Water Chestnut: The Refuge has been the leader in water chestnut control in the southern Connecticut River watershed for at least 8 years. This program allowed the Refuge to hire a temporary volunteer coordinator to expand the search area & organize volunteer removal events.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
Training is essential for an effective program. There are more people interested in finding & removing invasives, than mapping. Some folks are intimidated by the technology. Our volunteers prefer using standard GPS units. *Total Acres Mapped - 2,000 acres have been mapped during Water Chestnut control & submitted to the MA & CT State Lakes Programs. All of the infestations at Pondicherry have been submitted to USGS, Ft Collins.


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