Most of our Weed Warriors adopt a plot on the refuge that is their responsibility. We are currently placing volunteers into an area called Sunoco Meadows. This area was restored 10 years ago after an oil spill. Unfortunately, invasive plants are beginning to colonize the meadow preventing native species from becoming established.
After you complete your Weed Warrior training we will assign you a plot and show you where it is located. The plots are fairly small: 15x15 ft; after you have worked in your plot a few times, please feel free to adopt another one!
Before you begin your work for the day, stop in at the visitor's center and sign in, letting us know your location (plot number; or trail, and general area on the trail) for the day. This information allows us to locate you quickly in case of an emergency, if you need any tools; they are available in the vestibule between the visitor's center and the administration office. Please check the tools out at the front desk.
When you finish working for the day, stop at the visitor's center as you are leaving the refuge and fill out your log sheet. The information needed includes plot number (or numbers if you are working more than one plot), names of volunteers, number of hours worked, which invasive plant species you removed (estimate how much of each), how many bags you filled, whether you observed any new invasive plant species in your area, and any other observation you think may be important. If you have been working along a trail, please pick up a trail map at the front desk and mark the area where you work on the map. Remember to leave the map at the front desk at the end of the day.
If the visitor's center is closed when you leave or you forget to fill in your log sheet send Suzanne Kellye (suzanne_kelley(at)fws.gov ) an email with the information listed above.
If you are working along trails within the refuge, we suggest working along one side of the trail for half of the time you have available, then work your way back along the other side the other half of the time. Keep in mind where you begin and end for the day, and highlight the area on a trail map. Be sure to leave your trail map at the front desk when you fill in your log book for the day.
If you are comfortable using a handheld GPS unit, you can check one out at the front desk and use it to mark your start and end points on the trail.
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