This studydocuments that pocket gophers in the blast zone did survive the May 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, and they did have an effect on early plant re-establishment within the blast zone. One study site is approximately 20 km northeast of the volcano. This site received a layer of pumice and ash to an average depth of 12 cm in 1980. Vegetation on gopher mounds was compared to that on surrounding un-mounded soil surface. Findings show that species composition is different; there are more residual species on mounds, and seedlings on mounds are more likely to survive and contribute to future local population growth.