Purple Loosestrife Biological Control Small Grant Program

Purpose

Provide small grants to local groups for purchasing equipment, conducting training sessions and undertaking biological control and research on purple loosestrife using two introduced species of Galerucella beetles.

Objective

Oversee small grants to 15 local groups throughout the Great Lakes area to cover costs of developing, implementing, and managing community-based bio-control programs. These groups will not necessarily conduct the biological control projects but will train and oversee the actual operators. Groups will participate in regional purple loosestrife surveys. Addtional small grants will be provided to four groups for undertaking research on purple loosestrife. The research will compliment the bio-control activities.

Outcome

April - Small grants program will be announced throughout the Great Lakes basin in Wisconsin by mailing flyers, posting on websites, etc. Grant applications will be due. May - Grantees will be notified of their awards. As soon as purple loosestrife habitats thaw, grantees will coordinate purple loosestrife plant-gathering and begin raising purple loosestrife. Training will be provided as necessary. Grantees will coordinate beetle-gathering outings and will begin raising Galerucella beetles on the purple loosestrife plants that they have collected. June-July - Local groups will release their beetles into their purple loosestrife-infested wetlands and will photograph their wetlands and submit their pictures and location information to the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) to be added to the statewide purple loosestrife GIS. Grantees will coordinate public training sessions for the purple loosestrife survey, and volunteers will conduct the purple loosestrife on local waterways and wetlands. Grantees that have been selected to gather data on beetle-dispersal and other research topics will gather and report data throughout the project period to the Wisconsin Wetlands Assn. (WWA) and the WDNR. Aug.-Sept. - Local groups will once again photograph their wetlands and submit the photos to WWA and to GLIFWC. WWA and the National Park Service will provide training on gathering and storing live beetles and roots through the winter. Local groups will gather live adult Galerucella beetles to be overwintered in refrigerators for use next spring. GLIFWC and Northland College in Ashland will incorporate the data from the 2003 purple loosestrife survey into the on-line GIS. Oct.-Nov. - Local groups will gather purple loosestrife roots and store them in pools of water for use next spring. Dec. - Reports due from local groups.

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Provide small grants to local groups for purchasing equipment, conducting training sessions and undertaking biological control and research on purple loosestrife using two introduced species of Galerucella beetles.