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Summary of USDA Forest Service pocket gopher trapping contract

  • Smeltz, Michael D.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1992
eScholarship - University of California
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Data for this report were gathered from three different contractors working on a service contract for the Butte Falls Ranger District of the Rogue River National Forest in southwest Oregon to control pocket gophers (Thomomys spp.). Other data were collected from formal open-hole inspection plots. These plots were also the basis for payment on this contract. Issues of concern on this project were: 1) Production. Could we treat enough acres of the high-risk plantations in the City of Medford Municipal Watershed; 2) Control effectiveness. Could we reach a control comparable to strychnine-treated grain; 3) Cost effectiveness. Would bid prices be low enough to treat enough acres without depleting our budget; and 4) Effect on nontarget species.

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