, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 41-55

Integrated Management Tactics for Predicting and Alleviating Pocket Gopher (Thomomys spp.) Damage to Conifer Reforestation Plantings

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Abstract

Pocket gophers cause extensive damage to reforestation plantings in the western United States, and pose acute and chronic problems for forest managers. We examine the components of an integrated pest management strategy for reducing pocket gopher damage to conifers: the predictive factors for assessing the risk for damage, techniques for monitoring gopher populations and assessing efficacy of control methods, and damage control strategies and methods. The information in each component is reviewed and presented so that an optimal damage reduction plan can be developed in a logical, cost-effective, environmentally responsible fashion.