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Independent Studies work of Melanie Blohm (Duke University class of 2009)

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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