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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Minnesota Valley NWR and WMD
Region: 3
Contact Person: Chris Trosen
Contact Phone Number: 952-858-0729
Date Report Submitted:

List Type and/or Affiliation(s) of Volunteers: Refuge volunteers and volunteer organizations
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 7
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 300

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  garlic mustard Alliaria potiolata
leafy spurge Euphorbia esula
spotted knapweed Centaurea biebersteinii
purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species: garlic mustard
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 3500
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? No

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): No follow-up funds recieved
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: -NA-
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding: -NA-
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 60


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? This project has provided Minnesota Valley NWR with a tool and the knowledge to effectively map invasives on Service owned and adjacent lands. Data collected from this project has helped identify garlic mustard as a focal species for rapid response during the 2007 field season. Volunteers, the backbone of Minnesota Valley NWR's Invasive Species Program, now, not only assist in habitat restoration but also provide information that directly effects future management actions. In FY06, Minnesota Valley NWR utilized WIMS, the hardware provided through the Volunteer Mapping Initiative, refuge volunteers, and a contracted partner organization to map four invasive species on over 12,500 acres of Service owned and adjacent non-service lands but only 3,500 acres were directly mapped through volunteer time. The follow up funds provided through this program will ensure that this infant program receives the necessary time to become established at this field station.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
-Make sure the hardware works as soon as possible -hand radios are necessary for communication in the field when in habitat with poor visibility -inform volunteers about things they might find in the field (like grow operations, junk piles, etc...)


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