Uneven-Aged Stand Structure and Growth of Rocky Mountain Aspen

Authors: Betters, David R.; Woods, Ruth F.

Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 79, Number 10, 1 October 1981 , pp. 673-676(4)

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

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In the Rocky Mountains, many stands of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) are uneven aged. This age structure leads to suppression of the intolerant understory. In plots in northwestern Colorado, d.b.h. and height of suppressed trees ranged from 22 to 24 percent and 25 to 28 percent, respectively, less than for dominant and codominant trees. The percentage of suppressed trees that were rotten was in some cases more than double that of the overstory.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Forest and Wood Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Publication date: October 1, 1981

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