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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Cache River National Wildlife Refuge
Region: 4
Contact Person: Eric Johnson
Contact Phone Number: 870-247-2614
Date Report Submitted:

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

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  kudzu peuraria lobata
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species: None, the kudzu has been established for better than a decade.
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 100.469
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? Yes

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): In the spring of 2006 we bought materials for and built a spray unit to pull behind an ATV. The spray unit has a 60 gallon tank equipped with a rear boomless nozzle and a gun-nozzle with hose reel. Chemicals, surfactant, and die were purchased in the summer for application to control kudzu. Interns mapped 2 new locations of kudzu previously undetected. In late summer of 2006 summer the interns sprayed the initial treatment on several patches of kudzu.
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: 26
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding: 0
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 2


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? This project brought the invasive species management efforts at our station to a new level by allowing us to treat large areas. Before this project invasive species management was limited to on-the-spot treatment of small pockets of plants, such as mimosa, non-native pine, and privet. Never before was it feasible for the refuge to begin treatment on the large kudzu patches, as control is expensive, and involves a multi-year commitment. Mapping capabilities and the funds from this project combined with another grant enabled us to treat a total of 93.3 acres of kudzu on the refuge and immediate areas. This project also involved the cooperation of neighbors who put forth their time and resources; in turn they became more aware of invasive species management and are working with the refuge to control the kudzu.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
Plan ahead, involve everybody effected by the invasive species problem, and always ask for help, because you are working on a problem that can have far reaching impacts if it not taken care of now. If the invasive species might affect other landowners it should be a cooperative effort, work with them, and this will foster good neighborly relations as well.


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