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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: Local volunteers, interns and Friends Group
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 20
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 1430

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  Common Reed Phragmites australis
Autumn Olive Cirsium arvense
Mile-a-minute Polygonum perfoliatum
Wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
Chinese Lespedeza Lespedeza cuneata
Multi-flora rose Rosa multiflora
Garlic Mustard Allaria petiolata
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species: Garlic Mustard
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 273
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? Yes

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): Some forested areas on Eastern Neck NWR are 80% invasive species and hindering forest regeneration. The refuge used the follow-up funds to restore a portion of Cedar Point located on the southern tip of the Island. Follow-up funds were used to: purchase gas and parts for the geoboy to clear some of the invasive trees, briars and shrubs; to purchase chemical to treat the invasives that were not cleared by the geoboy; to purchase loblolly pine trees which were planted under the few native hardwoods that were left in place; and to purchase monitoring equipment such as forestry pins, flagging and pvc.
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: 4 acres
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding: 4 acres
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 12


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? We have been able to accomplish restoration projects that we normally would not be able to fund. It has also been easier to recruit volunteers to assist with the projects. Volunteers who are involved with mapping invasive species, were recruited to assist with restoration projects. This is the first year that the refuge mapped treatment areas. Hopefully, this will be useful in tracking these management efforts over time.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
The WIMS database is being used to map invasive species on 3 Refuges and 3 Divisions. I have had interns and bio-techs assist with WIMS database management at 2 of the Refuges. The database became unorganized and it wasn't clear which database was the most up to date. This was a learning experience. I now have one person (a volunteer) working as the sole database manager for the Complex.


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