The effects of vegetation management on northern pocket gopher (Thomomys talpoides) activity and damage to lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) seedlings were studied using 2,4-D herbicide to alter the habitat. Treatments were applied to a large (8.1 ha) treatment unit and observed effects were compared with an untreated control unit of the same size. The greatly reduced forb and grass cover on the treated unit was associated with a corresponding decrease in pocket gopher activity that persisted for 6 years after initial treatment. Times until seedlings first incurred gopher damage and overall survival of seedlings were greatly increased on the treated unit.
|Title||Effect of vegetation management for reducing damage to lodgepole pine seedlings from northern pocket gophers|
|Authors||Richard M. Engeman, Victor G. Barnes, Richard M. Anthony, Heather W. Krupa|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Crop Protection|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Alaska Science Center|