ASPEN
 Intact

aspen stands are among the most
prolific producers of livestock and
wildlife forage
(grasses, forbs, shrub...
ASPEN
 However,

aspen has decreased
throughout the Intermountain West
during the 20th century, and aspendominated acreag...
Multi-Aged stand

Productive understory with forbs, grasses, and young aspen

FUNCTIONING ASPEN STAND
ASPEN STAND NOT RECRUITING
Estimate loss of 1% per year

Total loss of 10,000 acres

8,000,000 lbs. of forage production

CONIFER ENCROACHED ASPEN ST...
Forest Restoration Working Group
A collaborative group formed for the
purpose of reaching consensus on critical
forest iss...
MONROE MOUNTAIN WORKING GROUP
Forest Restoration Working Group was looking for a place to “test-drive” the Guidelines.
Jas...
BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S
ON MONROE MOUNTAIN

Sheep AUM's

Cattle AUM's

1910

8,513

14,851

1920

7,501

14,020

1930

6,37...
BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S
ON MONROE MOUNTAIN
25,000

20,000

15,000
Cattle AUM's
Sheep AUM's
10,000

5,000

0
1910

1920

193...
BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S
ON MONROE MOUNTAIN
Mule Deer
AUM's

Sheep AUM's

Cattle AUM's

Elk AUM's

1910

8,513

14,851

1920...
BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S
ON MONROE MOUNTAIN
25000

20000

15000

Elk AUM's
Mule Deer AUM's
10000

5000

0
1910

1920

1930

...
BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S
ON MONROE MOUNTAIN
35,000

30,000

25,000

20,000
Elk AUM's
Mule Deer AUM's
Cattle AUM's

15,000

S...
GRAZING DIDN’T GET US HERE

Lack of disturbance got us here.
But now, when there is a
disturbance,
(fire or logging)
Grazi...


We Know that when Aspen (or Aspen
dominated by Spruce and Fir) is
disturbed it responds with a flush of
new growth (reg...
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP
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Monroe Mountain Project by Tom Tippets, UGIP

  1. 1. ASPEN  Intact aspen stands are among the most prolific producers of livestock and wildlife forage (grasses, forbs, shrubs, and young aspens) in the Intermountain West.
  2. 2. ASPEN  However, aspen has decreased throughout the Intermountain West during the 20th century, and aspendominated acreage within the national forests of Utah has declined by 50% or more in recent decades (Bartos 2000).
  3. 3. Multi-Aged stand Productive understory with forbs, grasses, and young aspen FUNCTIONING ASPEN STAND
  4. 4. ASPEN STAND NOT RECRUITING
  5. 5. Estimate loss of 1% per year Total loss of 10,000 acres 8,000,000 lbs. of forage production CONIFER ENCROACHED ASPEN STAND
  6. 6. Forest Restoration Working Group A collaborative group formed for the purpose of reaching consensus on critical forest issues primarily affecting National Forest lands in Utah. Under no illusion that this document will solve all aspen problems, however, the guidelines present a progressive range of alternatives, prior considerations, and monitoring elements that will greatly aid forest managers in making difficult land use decisions regarding aspen communities in Utah
  7. 7. MONROE MOUNTAIN WORKING GROUP Forest Restoration Working Group was looking for a place to “test-drive” the Guidelines. Jason Kling, Forest Ranger for the Fishlake National Forest invited a collaborative group to work on Monroe Mountain April 2011 the first meeting was held and has met every month since, including a 3day field trip of the mountain. Co-chairs are Bill Hopkin of Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Mary O’Brian of Grand Canyon Trust. Participants include Kim Chapman, Verl Bagley and Jody Gale of USU Extension John Keeler of Utah Farm Bureau Kevin Mueller of Utah Environmental Congress Rayne Bagley and Will Talbot - Livestock producers and Premittees on Monroe Tooter Ogden and Travis Blood - Sevier and Piute County Commissioners Paul Rogers of Western Aspen Alliance Vance Mumford and Gary Bezzan of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Tom Tippets of Grazing Improvement Program And Several from Fishlake National Forest serving in a technical advisory role
  8. 8. BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S ON MONROE MOUNTAIN Sheep AUM's Cattle AUM's 1910 8,513 14,851 1920 7,501 14,020 1930 6,373 5,887 1940 5,446 4,664 1950 2,935 6,126 1960 3,424 4,754 1970 2,584 5,186 1980 2,124 6,877 1990 2,121 6,458 2000 1,763 7,731 2010 1,780 7,750
  9. 9. BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S ON MONROE MOUNTAIN 25,000 20,000 15,000 Cattle AUM's Sheep AUM's 10,000 5,000 0 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
  10. 10. BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S ON MONROE MOUNTAIN Mule Deer AUM's Sheep AUM's Cattle AUM's Elk AUM's 1910 8,513 14,851 1920 7,501 14,020 1930 6,373 5,887 3,685 1940 5,446 4,664 8,597 1950 2,935 6,126 8,597 1960 3,424 4,754 21,016 1970 2,584 5,186 16,785 257 1980 2,124 6,877 12,145 2,573 1990 2,121 6,458 9,143 5,146 2000 1,763 7,731 10,781 9,133 2010 1,780 7,750 6,687 5,403
  11. 11. BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S ON MONROE MOUNTAIN 25000 20000 15000 Elk AUM's Mule Deer AUM's 10000 5000 0 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
  12. 12. BROWSER & GRAZER AUM’S ON MONROE MOUNTAIN 35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 Elk AUM's Mule Deer AUM's Cattle AUM's 15,000 Sheep AUM's 10,000 5,000 0 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
  13. 13. GRAZING DIDN’T GET US HERE Lack of disturbance got us here. But now, when there is a disturbance, (fire or logging) Grazing is a major factor in the success or failure of recruitment of the Aspen stand
  14. 14.  We Know that when Aspen (or Aspen dominated by Spruce and Fir) is disturbed it responds with a flush of new growth (regeneration).

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