aspen stands are among the most
prolific producers of livestock and
(grasses, forbs, shrubs, and young
aspens) in the Intermountain West.
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).
Productive understory with forbs, grasses, and young aspen
FUNCTIONING ASPEN STAND
Estimate loss of 1% per year
Total loss of 10,000 acres
8,000,000 lbs. of forage production
CONIFER ENCROACHED ASPEN STAND
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
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.
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
GRAZING DIDN’T GET US HERE
Lack of disturbance got us here.
But now, when there is a
(fire or logging)
Grazing is a major factor in the
success or failure of recruitment of
the Aspen stand
We Know that when Aspen (or Aspen
dominated by Spruce and Fir) is
disturbed it responds with a flush of
new growth (regeneration).