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Elk-aspen relationships on a prescribed burn

Author(s): Joseph V. Basile
Year Published: 1979

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.
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
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 11924
FRAMES RCS number: 14017
Record updated: Jul 2, 2018