Cedar Mountain Initiative
This long-term study involves several subprojects, all tracking factors affecting aspen health and diversity in persistent aspen stands. Major areas of study include:
- Stand structure, health, and variability as they relate to genetic composition and cause of mortality.
- Genetic predisposition to herbivory and disease.
- Predicting short and long term declines using remote sensing.
- Soil/water relations to above-ground aspen conditions.
- Assessment of ungulate impacts on aspen regeneration.
Restoring the West (RTW)
September 16-18, 2008: Based at Utah State University, this conference assembled aspen researchers from North America to share their latest findings with land managers. RTW website.
7th North American Forest Ecology Workshop (NAFEW)
Aspen Session, June 22-26, 2009: An International venue for aspen ecologists from Mexico, the United States, and Canada to share their results in a workshop format. Proceedings to be published in the International Journal of Forestry Research. Click here for more information.
A Resource Clearinghouse
WAA facilitates literature searches, contacts appropriate scientists, and networks between managers to answer aspen questions on demand.
Based at Deseret Land & Livestock (northern Utah), USU scientists are performing vegetative manipulations in seral aspen and monitoring responses in soil/water relations, genetic composition, understory vegetation, and stand structure.
Field Workshops/Regional Summits
WAA conducts a number of management oriented field excursions each year throughout the western United States. Aspen summits allow managers and researchers to strategize over immediate and long-term research needs.
Contact us to request aspen workshops or presentations