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Volunteer Invasives Mapping Project Report

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First Year of Project
Station: Eastern MA NWR Complex
Region: 5
Contact Person: Amber Carr
Contact Phone Number: 978-443-4661 x33
Date Report Submitted:

List Type and/or Affiliation(s) of Volunteers: Friends of Assabet River, Friends of Oxbow, Eastern MA NWR volunteers
Total Number of Volunteers Trained to Map: 52
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Spent Mapping: 382

List of Invasives Species Mapped:Common NameScientific Name
  garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
black swallow-wort Cynanchum louiseae
oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus
japanese stiltgrass Microstegium vimineum
bush honeysuckles Lonicera spp.
multiflora rose Rosa multiflora
japanese knotweed Polygonum cuspidatum
tree of heaven Ailanthus altissima
japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii
Which, if any, of these Species are Early Detection Species: japanese stiltgrass
Total Number of Acres Mapped (since project initiation): 260
Have You Shared Mapping Data with USGS in Ft. Collins? No

Describe Projects Initiated with Follow-Up Funds ($10,000): The follow up funds were combined with additional grant money ($57,000) to contract an invasive plant species technician through Massachusetts Audubon Society's Ecological Extension Service. The technician continued the mapping effort using the units and protocol that were developed in 2008. The total number of plant species being mapped was increased to 29 species in 2009. The technician was able to devote more time to the project than staff in past years resulting in 29 new volunteers recruited and trained for the mapping program and 47 new volunteers for treatment efforts. In addition she held 19 trainings for the gps units and plant identification for the public and hosted over 50 plant removal work parties in 2009. The technician will continue this effort in 2010 on refuge lands and be a knowledgeable resource within the watershed to help neighboring land managers start up their mapping efforts.
Total Number of Acres Treated with Follow-up Funding: 200
Total Number of Acres Restored with Follow-up Funding: Treated areas are being monitored to determine if restoration will be necessary.
Total Number of Volunteers Engaged in Treatment and/or Restoration: 66


How has this Project Benefited Invasive Species Management Efforts at Your Station? This project has provided the refuge with information on the location and abundance of invasive plant species needed to make management decisions. It has also given us the opportunity to be a leader in educating the general public and partner organizations regarding invasive species, their impacts, and management within our watershed.
What are some of the Lessons Learned and/or Troubleshooting Points that could be Shared with Others Engaged in Similar Activity?
Equipment, especially GPS units need to be dependable and easy to use. It is helpful to work in teams when mapping, especially when volunteers have different backgrounds (plant identification vs. technology) A field protocol is helpful to answer the most requently asked questions. Holding plant trainings throughout the year is essential for volunteers to identify all different stages of plant development.


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