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Aspen Restoration and Management

Quaking 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.

Publications/Reports

2018 Change of clonal frequency in the second root sucker generation of hybrid aspen
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lars-Göran Stener, Dainis Rungis, Viktorija Belevich, Johan Malm
2018 Quaking aspen woodland after conifer control: Tree and shrub dynamics
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jonathan D. Bates, Kirk W. Davies
2018 Quaking aspen woodland after conifer control: Herbaceous dynamics
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jonathan D. Bates, Kirk W. Davies
2018 Trophic cascades at multiple spatial scales shape recovery of young aspen in Yellowstone
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Robert L. Beschta, Luke E. Painter, William J. Ripple
2017 Assessment of aspen ecosystem vulnerability to climate change for the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forests, Utah
Technical Report or White Paper
Janine Rice, Tim Bardsley, Pete Gomben, Dustin Bambrough, Stacey Weems, Allen Huber, Linda A. Joyce
2017 Populus tremuloides seedling establishment: An underexplored vector for forest type conversion after multiple disturbances
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Nathan S. Gill, Florencia Sangermano, Brian Buma, Dominik Kulakowski
2017 A Tree Species Effect on Soil That Is Consistent Across the Species’ Range: The Case of Aspen and Soil Carbon in North America
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jérôme Laganière, Antra Boča, Helga Van Miegroet, David Paré
2017 Guide to Quaking Aspen Ecology and Management
Technical Report or White Paper
Paul C. Rogers
2016 Shifting ecological filters mediate postfire expansion of seedling aspen (Populus tremuloides) in Yellowstone
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Winslow D. Hansen, William H. Romme, Aisha Ba, Monica G. Turner
2016 Elevated Rocky Mountain elk numbers prevent positive effects of fire on quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) recruitment
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
David Solance Smith, Stephen M. Fettig, Matthew A. Bowker
2016 Quaking aspen in Utah: integrating recent science with management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Paul C. Rogers, Sam St. Clair
2013 Fire regimes of quaking aspen in the mountain west
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Douglas J. Shinneman, William L. Baker, Paul C. Rogers, Dominik Kulakowski
2013 Drought seasonality explains patterns in widespread aspen forest mortality across the western United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Leander Anderegg, William R.L. Anderegg, John T. Abatzoglou, Alexandra M. Hausladen, Joseph A. Berry
2012 Landscape composition in aspen woodlands under various modeled fire regimes
Conference Proceedings
Eva K. Strand, Stephen C. Bunting, Lee A. Vierling
2012 Effects of ungulate herbivory on aspen, cottonwood, and willow development under forest fuels treatment regimes
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Bryan A. Endress, Michael J. Wisdom, Martin Vavra, Catherine G. Parks, Brian L. Dick, Bridgett J. Naylor, Jennifer M. Boyd
2008 Recoupling fire and aspen recruitment after wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park, USA
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Joshua S. Halofsky, William J. Ripple, Robert L. Beschta
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, Andrew J. Hansen, Robert E. Keane, Lisa Graumlich
2005 Establishment, persistence, and growth of aspen (Populus tremuloides) seedlings in Yellowstone National Park
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William H. Romme, Monica G. Turner, Gerald A. Tuskan, Rebecca A. Reed
2004 Temperature-dependent rate models of vascular cambium cell mortality
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Matthew B. Dickinson, Edward A. Johnson
2003 Vegetation dynamics under fire exclusion and logging in a Rocky Mountain watershed, 1856-1996
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alisa L. Gallant, Andrew J. Hansen, John S. Councilman, Duane K. Monte, David W. Betz
2003 Postfire aspen seedling recruitment across the Yellowstone (USA) landscape
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Monica G. Turner, William H. Romme, Gerald A. Tuskan, Rebecca A. Reed
2001 Aspen response to prescribed fire and wild ungulate herbivory
Conference Proceedings
Steve Kilpatrick, Diane Abendroth
2001 Aspen's ecological role in the West
Conference Proceedings
William H. Romme, Lisa Floyd-Hanna, David D. Hanna, Elisabeth Bartlett
2001 Manipulations to regenerate aspen ecosystems
Conference Proceedings
Wayne D. Shepperd
1997 A rare episode of sexual reproduction in aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx) following the 1988 Yellowstone fires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William H. Romme, Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner, William W. Hargrove, Gerald A. Tuskan, Don G. Despain, Roy A. Renkin
1995 Aspen, elk, and fire in northern Yellowstone Park
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William H. Romme, Monica G. Turner, Linda L. Wallace, Jennifer S. Walker
1992 Fire ecology of the forest habitat types of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming
Technical Report or White Paper
Anne F. Bradley, William C. Fischer, Nonan V. Noste
1989 Forage quality in burned and unburned aspen communities
Technical Report or White Paper
Norbert V. DeByle, Philip J. Urness, Deborah L. Blank
1986 Appraising fuels and flammability in western aspen: a prescribed fire guide
Technical Report or White Paper
James K. Brown, Dennis Simmerman
1985 Managing wildlife habitat with fire in the Aspen ecosystem
Conference Proceedings
Norbert V. DeByle