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Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
Tahoe Science Projects supported by SNPLMA
Stocking guidelines for aspen restoration
Final Report [pdf]
Stocking Model [xlsm]
Please contact Dr. John-Pascal Berrill with questions regarding the reports and stocking model.
Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) forest communities in the Lake Tahoe Basin are undergoing succession to conifers that impact aspen vigor and stifle natural regeneration. Removal of conifers from aspen stands is undertaken around the Lake Tahoe Basin. However, little is known about stocking and treatment persistence: specifically, how much growing space must be provided to aspen trees and their root sucker regeneration for vigorous growth to be sustained until the next restorative thinning.
The report introduces the Aspen Stocking Assessment Model and provides examples of its use in simulating aspen‐conifer stand development before and after restorative thinning. Tree data collected in 2 ½ acre (one hectare) plots around the Lake Tahoe Basin were used to initiate the model. Different diameter‐limit thinning prescriptions (i.e., cut all conifer below a defined size) were simulated by removing records for smaller (cut) trees from the plot data and then recalculating density and average tree size for input into the Aspen Stocking Assessment Model.
This approach ensured that model simulations were based on realistic pre‐ and post‐thinning values. Treatment persistence – defined here as the time taken for stands to return to their pre‐treatment crowding levels – varied according to pre‐treatment stand density, species composition, and thinning intensity.
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