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Aspen Fencing in Northern Arizona: A 15-Year Perspective


James M. Rolf

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Sustaining aspen in western landscapes: symposium proceedings, June 3-15, 2000, Grand Junction, CO. Fort Collins, CO. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 460 pp.


WD Shepperd, D Binkley, DL Bartos, TJ Stohlgren, and LG Eskew compilers


Proceedings RMRS-P-18

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Aspen clearcuts in the 1960s and 1970s on the Peaks Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona failed to regenerate successfully because of browsing primarily by elk. Since 1985, over 400 acres have been successfully regenerated using fencing of various designs to exclude elk. The expense and visual impact of establishing and maintaining over 20 miles of fence along with continued damage to aspen greater than 3.0 inches d.b.h. outside the fenced areas have resulted in the Arizona Game and Fish Department increasing the elk hunting permits by 400% in an effort to reduce the elk herd in the area of the San Francisco Peaks.