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Aspen Restoration and Management

yellow aspenQuaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) is the most widely distributed native Northern American tree species and is abundant in the Intermountain West. Aspen is found across a range of elevations and in a variety of habitats from sagebrush-steppe to mixed-conifer forests and subalpine meadows. Aspen communities support a large number and diversity of understory and overstory plant species and provide habitat for many birds and small mammals. Aspen dieback and mortality is a concern across the western US. Recent studies can be used to inform aspen restoration and the stabilization of existing populations. Resources listed here provide the background necessary to understand causes of site-specific aspen decline and to inform restoration planning in the Northern Rockies.

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Publications/Reports

2020 How climate change might affect tree regeneration following fire at northern latitudes: a review
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dominique Boucher et al.
2019 Tamm Review: Seedling-based ecology, management, and restoration in aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Simon M. Landhäusser et al.
2019 Guidelines for aspen restoration in Utah with applicability to the Intermountain West
Technical Report or White Paper
Stanley G. Kitchen et al.
2019 Wildfire alters belowground and surface wood decomposition on two national forests in Montana, USA
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Deborah S. Page-Dumroese et al.
2019 Stable or seral? Fire-driven alternative states in aspen forests of western North America
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jesse L. Morris et al.
2019 Hydraulic redistribution and hydrological controls on aspen transpiration and establishment in peatlands following wildfire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Conference Proceedings
Midori Depante et al.
2018 Change of clonal frequency in the second root sucker generation of hybrid aspen
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lars-Göran Stener et al.
2018 Quaking aspen woodland after conifer control: Tree and shrub dynamics
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jonathan D. Bates et al.
2018 Quaking aspen woodland after conifer control: Herbaceous dynamics
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jonathan D. Bates et al.
2018 Trophic cascades at multiple spatial scales shape recovery of young aspen in Yellowstone
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Robert L. Beschta et al.
2017 Guide to Quaking Aspen Ecology and Management
Technical Report or White Paper
Paul C. Rogers
2016 Quaking aspen in Utah: integrating recent science with management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Paul C. Rogers et al.
2013 Fire regimes of quaking aspen in the mountain west
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Douglas J. Shinneman et al.
2012 Landscape composition in aspen woodlands under various modeled fire regimes
Conference Proceedings
Eva K. Strand et al.
2008 Recoupling fire and aspen recruitment after wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park, USA
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Joshua S. Halofsky et al.
2008 Great Basin aspen ecosystems
Technical Report or White Paper
Dale L. Bartos
2006 Complex interactions shaping aspen dynamics in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
K. Brown et al.
2004 Temperature-dependent rate models of vascular cambium cell mortality
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Matthew B. Dickinson et al.
2004 Incorporating wildlife habitat needs into restoration and rehabilitation projects
Technical Report or White Paper
Richard Stevens
2003 Vegetation dynamics under fire exclusion and logging in a Rocky Mountain watershed, 1856-1996
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alisa L. Gallant et al.
2003 Postfire aspen seedling recruitment across the Yellowstone (USA) landscape
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Monica G. Turner et al.
2001 Aspen response to prescribed fire and wild ungulate herbivory
Conference Proceedings
Steve Kilpatrick et al.
2001 The role of postfire coarse woody debris in aspen regeneration
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William J. Ripple et al.
2001 Aspen's ecological role in the West
Conference Proceedings
William H. Romme et al.
2001 Manipulations to regenerate aspen ecosystems
Conference Proceedings
Wayne D. Shepperd
1999 Fire induces clonal sprouting of riparian cottonwoods
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lori A. Gom et al.
1995 Aspen, elk, and fire in northern Yellowstone Park
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William H. Romme et al.
1992 Fire ecology of the forest habitat types of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming
Technical Report or White Paper
Anne F. Bradley et al.
1989 Forage quality in burned and unburned aspen communities
Technical Report or White Paper
Norbert V. DeByle et al.
1986 Appraising fuels and flammability in western aspen: a prescribed fire guide
Technical Report or White Paper
James K. Brown et al.
1985 Managing wildlife habitat with fire in the Aspen ecosystem
Conference Proceedings
Norbert V. DeByle

Webinars

Jan 20, 2015 Herbivory in aspen forests: ecological context and mechanisms of defense
Richard L. Lindroth, Sam St. Clair
Mar 18, 2014 Fire, historical change, and resilience management in quaking aspen
Douglas J. Shinneman, Dominik Kulakowski, Paul C. Rogers
Oct 29, 2013 Western aspen regeneration ecology
James N. Long, Mary Lou Fairweather, Karen Mock

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