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Author(s):
Joseph V. Basile
Year Published:

Cataloging Information

Topic(s):
Fire Effects
Ecological - Second Order
Vegetation
Wildlife
Fire & Wildlife
Mammals
Ungulates
Fuels
Fuel Treatments & Effects
Prescribed Fire-use treatments
Ecosystem(s):
Aspen woodland

NRFSN number: 11924
FRAMES RCS number: 14017
Record updated:

Elk use of aspen alones was deterred only one winter following prescribed fire. Numbers of aspen suckers on the nine burned clones increased 178 percent in 3 years, but the response varied greatly among clones. Elk browsing the third winter after burning averaged 44 percent of current annual growth, and eliminated incremental height growth from the previous summer. It is not yet known whether prescribed burning can rejuvenate decadent aspen stands under existing elk browsing pressures.

Citation

Basile, Joseph V. 1979. Elk-aspen relationships on a prescribed burn. Res. Note INT-RN-271. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 7 p.

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