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Decline of aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Interior West [Abstract 1]

Bartos, Dale L.; Campbell, Robert B, Jr. 1997. Decline of aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Interior West [Abstract 1]. In: Abstracts: 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management; Rapid City, South Dakota; February 16-21, 1997. Denver, CO: Society for Range Management. p. 15-16.

Western aspen forests are unique because they reproduce primarily by suckering from the parent root system. Generally a disturbance or die back is necessary to stimulate regeneration of the stands. Unlike other tree species, if aspen stands are lost from the landscape, generally they will not return through natural processes. If current conditions continue (e.g., lack of fire, wildlife use, grazing by livestock) that have prevailed for the past 1 00 to 140 years, most aspen stands will eventually be replaced by conifers, sagebrush, or possibly tall shrub communities.

Keywords: aspen, Populus tremuloides, decline

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Decline of aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Interior West [Abstract 1]
Electronic Publish Date: May 3, 2013
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