Weed Warriors Mission
The mission of the JHNWR Weed Warriors is to enrich wildlife habitat within the Refuge by participating in the restoration of native plant communities. Weed Warriors recognize that these native plant communities are vital to supporting a rich and diverse population of native wildlife including more than 300 species of birds.
Weed Warrior Activities
Removal and Restoration
Weed Warriors remove invasive plant species in plots they have adopted or along refuge trails.
Weed Warriors can participate in community “pulling together” days.
Mapping, Monitoring, and Early Detection
All Weed Warriors are encouraged to be on the lookout for the presence of invasive species throughout the refuge. In particular, invasive plants that have newly colonized areas within the refuge need to be reported to JHNWR staff. It is much easier and more cost effective to prevent invasive plants from becoming established than it is to remove them from extensive areas. In invasive plant management this strategy is referred to as EDRR--Early Detection and Rapid Response.
After additional training, experienced Weed Warriors can participate in the process of mapping the location and abundance of invasive plant species on the refuge. This process requires conducting surveys throughout the refuge and use of GPS technology. It also requires careful attention to detail and familiarity with invasive plant identification.
Education and Outreach
Experienced Weed Warriors help with community work days, demonstrating the safe use of tools and identification of invasive plant species.
Expert Weed Warriors assist in training new volunteers through workshops and field days.
Expert Weed Warriors give presentations and staff information tables at public events to help inform the public regarding the impact and management of invasive plant species and to reach out to individuals interested in joining the Weed Warriors
There are many opportunities to volunteer in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Volunteers are needed in many areas of the country and in many areas that may interest you in addition to the opportunities in Weed Warriors.
Volunteers are the life blood of the Refuge System, especially with respect to invasive plants. We hope to provide you with valuable training and experience, as well as the friendly camaraderie of your fellow Weed Warriors and the satisfaction of making a difference through a job well done.
Ecological restoration and invasive plant management are critical to managing natural resources throughout the country and there are many opportunities available to individuals interested in working in these fields.