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Aspen's ecological role in the West

Author(s): William H. Romme, Lisa Floyd-Hanna, David D. Hanna, Elisabeth Bartlett
Year Published: 2001

Aspen exhibits a variety of ecological roles. In southern Colorado, the 1880 landscape mosaic contained a range of stand ages, of which half were >70 years old and half were younger. Pure aspen stands in southern Colorado are widespread and may result from previous short fire intervals that eliminated local conifer seed sources. Aspen regeneration in northern Yellowstone Park is controlled by ungulate browsing pressure and fire, so it has been limited since 1920. However, an episode of aspen seedling establishment occurred after the 1988 fires. We urgently need additional detailed, local case studies of aspen ecology to inform management decisions.

Citation: Romme, William H.; Floyd-Hanna, Lisa; Hanna, David D.; Bartlett, Elisabeth.2001. Aspen's ecological role in the West. In: Shepperd, Wayne D.; Binkley, Dan; Bartos, Dale L.; Stohlgren, Thomas J.; Eskew, Lane G., comps. Sustaining aspen in western landscapes: symposium proceedings; 2000 June 13-15; Grand Junction, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-18. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 243-260.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Resilience, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Fire History, Recovery after fire
Ecosystem(s): Aspen woodland
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 11883
FRAMES RCS number: 13633
Record updated: May 24, 2018