Aspen Regeneration after Commercial Clearcutting in Southwestern Colorado

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Commercial clearcutting of mature quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) on blocks ranging from 3 to 17 acres resulted in 30,000 sprouts per acre and 90-percent stocking of half-milacre plots after one growing season. Six years later, sprouts averaged 7,000 per acre, stocking was 76 percent, and mean height of the tallest stem 8.1 feet. Although these numbers were adequate for restocking, the poor condition of most sprouts, resulting from cattle trampling and snow breakage, strongly threatens the successful replacement of sawlog-quality growing stock.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Research Wildlife Biologist, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

Publication date: May 1, 1983

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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