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Aspen Restoration - Our Role

Our Role

The Trust leads the Monroe Mountain Working Group, with Utah Department of Agriculture, as it undertakes an unprecedented amount of monitoring to understand the impacts of elk harvest, livestock pasture rest, prescribed fire, conifer thinning, and fencing on aspen restoration. The Working Group is urging the Forest Service to track browsing levels with quantitative thresholds to trigger restrictions if the aspen are not recovering.

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Our Solutions

Aspen Restoration - Our Solutions


The Trust never misses the nearly-monthly meetings of the Working Group. As leaders and participants, we undertake on-ground monitoring responsibilities with Working Group partners and Trust volunteers. Collectively, the Group is doing precedent-setting collaborative work.



Science-based monitoring

With Brigham Young University researchers undertaking extensive annual monitoring in line with Working Group recommendations, the Trust is also taking on monitoring responsibilities, tracking native species composition beneath aspen stands being tracked by the BYU researchers.

Quantitative triggers

The most innovative Working Group recommendations relate to quantitative limits on aspen sprout browsing. If exceeded, these limits will lead to further actions to limit browsing. This would tie Forest Service desired outcomes to action if specific thresholds are not met.

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