The Eno River State Park encompasses nearly 4,000 acres of land in
Durham and Orange Counties. In an area increasingly plagued by suburban sprawl, the park preserves a variety of ecosystems
including dense forestland, swamps, grassy fields, and aquatic habitats. These habitats support myriad plant and animal species,
including many that are threatened and endangered. Unfortunately, invasive species (non-native species that are reproductively
successful) have overrun many regions of the park and pose a significant threat to native species. In order to devise an
effective eradication plan, however, park managers need a better understanding of the distribution of invasive species within
the park boundaries. The goal of this project is to map the distribution of invasive species within the Eno River State Park.
This course also serves as the basis for Phase II of Duke University's Research Service Learning program.
Duke University's Research Service Learning Program
Our community partner, the Eno River State Park