Aspen Bibliography

Title

Ecology and management of aspen: a Lake States perspective

Document Type

Article

Editor

W.D. Shepperd, D. Binkley, D.L. Bartos, T.J. Stohlgren

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Sustaining aspen in western landscapes: symposium proceedings, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA, June 13-15, 2000

Issue

No.RMRS-P-18

First Page

81

Last Page

99

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

Aspen has been an ecologically important, though relatively minor, compo- nent of the Lake States (Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) forests for millennia. General Land Office records from the 1800s indicate that aspen comprised a small fraction of the region’s eastern forests, but was more extensive on the western edge. Then Euro-American settlement in the 1800s brought land clearing, timber harvesting, and subsequent widespread wildfires that increased aspen-birch acreages consider- ably. Although aspen-birch acreage has declined since the 1930s, it remains the region’s second most prevalent forest type. Aspen management is probably the most contentious issue confronting forest managers in the Lake States.