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Fading Gold: The Decline of Aspen in the West

"Fading Gold: The Decline of Aspen in the West" is a 12-minute video/DVD available from the Rocky Mountain Research Station. The species has declined across the West from 9 million acres to less than 4 million acres today. For every acre of aspen lost, so is a prime source of water, a productive habitat for wildlife, a valuable source of livestock forage, and one of our most scenic treasures.

The video was produced by Gene Colling with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region and sponsored by Dale Bartos with the Rocky Mountain Research Station. "Fading Gold" won the 2000 Gold Screen Competitions Award from the National Association of Government Communicators.

National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Disturbances
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Disturbance Ecology; Resilient Landscapes