Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Project

Name:  Steph Koch

Organization: FWS

Phone Number: (978) 579-4036

Where is the site located?: South Side of ARNWR

Property Overview:  Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a 2291 acre conservation and recreation area. The site is a mix of upland woods, damp woods, upland fields, wetlands, and edge habitat. It is 70% forested with over 470 acres of diverse wetland habitat including an Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.

Management Site Description: The management site is 300 acres of scrub oak and pitch pine habitat in the south side of the refuge.

How many acres are in the management area: 300

Is it listed on EDDMapS?: Yes

Habitat Type: Upland/wetland edge, Field/forest edge, Floodplain forest, Pitch pine forest, Shrub wetland, Fields

What this Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR)?: No

What were the target species? Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus), Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora), Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus oribiculatus), Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), White poplar, common barberry, common buckthorn

What were the management objectives?: Erradicate the parcel of invasive to improve rare wildlife habitat

What was the approximate project start date?: 04/15/2012

Project Summary: Pathfinder II herbicide treatment and manual pulling and cutting were used to control invasive species across the management area over the course of one year with planned follow-up monitoring.

Control Method: Manual, Chemical

Disposal Method: Incineration, Bagging

Detailed Project Timeline:

May 2012- Handpulled spotted knapweed, bagged and baked in sun, then incinerated

Aug 8 and 16 - Cut an paint of 3.32 acres of Glossy Buckthorn with Pathfinder II 13.6% solution

Aug 30- cut and paint/ spray bottle of 5.17 acres of Glossy Buckthorn with Pathfinder II 13.6% solution; spray bottle of 0.0124 acres of Oriental Bittersweet and White Poplar with Pathfinder II 13.6% solution

Sept 6- cut and paint, handpull, and weedwrenching of 10.13 acres of Glossy Buckthorn and Japanese Barberry using Pathfinder II 13.6% solution

Potential follow-up herbicide treatment in May-Sept 2013

Was there a restoration component?: No

Restoration summary (if applicable): N/a

Funding Sources: NFWF Grant

Final Acres in Management Area: 300

Is your site open to the public?: Yes