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Volunteer
and help care for SNAs.
Contact information
For information on the SNA Volunteer Program, contact:
Jared Urban
Volunteer coordinator
608-228-4349

State Natural Areas Volunteer Handbook

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What you’ll find in this handbook

This manual seeks to help you, the State Natural Areas (SNA) manager or lead volunteer, assess whether a volunteer group would benefit your sites and, if the answer is yes, to walk you through the steps to recruit, train, retain and reward these volunteers. The handbook also spells out the legal requirements governing DNR use of volunteers and provides examples of the forms and other materials necessary to run safe, sustainable and effective volunteer programs that benefit volunteers and SNAs alike.

Section Title PDF Description
Front material Click to view the Section
Section I: Wisconsin state natural areas Program Click to view the Section State natural areas program history, SNA establishment and protection, SNA management and use.
Section II: DNR staff and volunteer positions Click to view the Section Discusses the relationship between DNR staff and volunteer positions in the program.
Section III: Finding volunteers Click to view the Section Discusses the strategies and methods of finding volunteers.
Section IV: Communications between volunteers and SNA managers Click to view the Section Discusses yearly management objectives and reporting requirements.
Section V: Planning workdays Click to view the Section Practical section describing how to put on a good workday.
Section VI: Volunteer appreciation Click to view the Section Describes how volunteers will be recognized in the program.
Section VII: Training Click to view the Section Discusses training offerings.
Section VIII: Legal information Click to view the Section Identifies necessary forms and training requirements for specific tasks.
Section IX: Controlling invasives Click to view the Section Discusses common invasive plants and methods to control them.
Section X: Tools Click to view the Section Discusses use and storage of tools.
Section XI: Herbicides Click to view the Section Identifies herbicides approved for use on SNAs and discusses their use.
Section XII: Brushsaw safety Click to view the Section Describes brushsaw safety.
Section XIII: Setting up photopoints Click to view the Section Describes the use of photopoints for restoration monitoring.
Section XIV: References Click to view the Section
Appendix Section PDF
Appendix A: Workday flier template Click to view the Appendix
Appendix B: Herbicide application rate chart Click to view the Appendix
Appendix C: Using pesticides safely Click to view the Appendix
Appendix D: Form - Lead volunteer application and permit Click to view the Appendix
Appendix E: Form - State natural areas work day roster Click to view the Appendix
Appendix F: Form - Power equipment safety acknowledgment Click to view the Appendix
Appendix G: Forms - Prescribed fire Click to view the Appendix
Appendix H: Form - Parental permission and acknowledgement Click to view the Appendix
Appendix I: Form - Visitor accident report Click to view the Appendix
Appendix J: Job description - State natural area steward Click to view the Appendix
Appendix K: Job description - apprentice steward Click to view the Appendix
Appendix L: Job description - project volunteer - garlic mustard removal volunteer Click to view the Appendix
Appendix M: Guidelines for visiting SNAs Click to view the Appendix
Appendix N: Seed collecting arranged by date Click to view the Appendix
Appendix O: Seed collecting arranged by species Click to view the Appendix
Appendix P: Assembly and use of PVC wick applicators Click to view the Appendix
Appendix Q: Safety requirements for chainsaw operation Click to view the Appendix
Contact information
For information on the SNA Volunteer Program, contact:
Jared Urban
Volunteer coordinator
608-228-4349
Last revised: Thursday May 09 2019