Undergraduate Research: Gopher Activity and Controlled Burns
Summer research students at North Hennepin Community College continued a collaboration and service learning project with the Wildlife Management Team of Three Rivers Park District. While managers were most interested in documenting the presence of badgers in Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, we also studied the effects of controlled burns on gopher activity. Students designed an experiment to determine gopher mound density and age within areas of variety burn history. They found that most recently burned areas have the highest levels of gopher activity.