Aspen ecology and management in the central and southern Rocky Mountains
Contribution to Book
Proceedings of the 1985 Society of American Foresters National Convention
Society of American Foresters, Bethesda,Md.
Aspen, the most widely distributed tree species in North America is a vital component of almost every forest ecosystem in western North America, providing vegetation diversity, wildlife habitat, livestock forage, specialty forest products, and highly desirable scenery. Aspen’s ability to grow in full sunlight and vegetatively regenerate via root suckering allows it to thrive following fire, or other disturbance. Although aspen is susceptible to many diseases and damaging agents, it persists through periodic natural regeneration episodes driven by disturbance. Deteriorating aspen stands result when this natural cycle of renewal is interrupted, as has happened with wildfire suppression and excessive utilization of young aspen by browsing animals. The aspen regeneration triangle, representing the critical factors of hormonal stimulation, proper growth environment, and protection of new regeneration can serve as a useful guide in planning management actions in aspen forests.
Shepperd, Wayne D., "Aspen ecology and management in the central and southern Rocky Mountains" (1985). Aspen Bibliography. Paper 3755.