Between 2013 and 2016, the Master Naturalist Invasive Blitz advanced training program engaged participants from across Minnesota on how to identify and manage invasive species in order to address the growing threat of invasives. An impact analysis of the program was performed using data self-reported to the Minnesota Master Naturalist website by Invasive Blitz participants. These data were summarized with descriptive statistics, including totals and averages. In addition, service event data were correlated with zip codes to determine the geographic impact of the program. Results of the data analysis suggest a broad program impact. Over the course of the program, 128 students participated in eleven trainings. After taking the training, these
participants engaged in 434 service events across 30 Minnesota counties, totaling 1,197 service hours and impacting an estimated 9,582 acres of land. Based on the program budget of $7,050 and the economic value of service performed by participants of $27,614.79, the cost-benefit ratio of the program was 1:4. Data are limited due to the fact that 30% of Invasive Blitz participants did not report service. Nevertheless, this analysis suggests that the program succeeded in promoting invasive species education and intervention statewide. In terms of broader application, this analysis also provides evidence of the potential impact of invasive-species-related education for natural resource professionals to reference in their own work.
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Wood, Christian; Gupta, Angela.
Invasive species blitz impact analysis.
University of Minnesota Extension.
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