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Title: Model-based assessment of aspen responses to elk herbivory in Rocky Mountain National Park

Author: Weisberg, Peter J.; Coughenour, Michael B.;

Date: 2001

Source: In: Shepperd, Wayne D.; Binkley, Dan; Bartos, Dale L.; Stohlgren, Thomas J.; Eskew, Lane G., comps. Sustaining aspen in western landscapes: Symposium proceedings; 13-15 June 2000; Grand Junction, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-18. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 183-184.

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Description: In Rocky Mountain National Park, aspen has been observed to decline on elk winter range for many decades. The SAVANNA ecosystem model was adapted to explore interactions between elk herbivory and aspen dynamics on the elk winter range. Several scenarios were explored that considered different levels of overall elk population; different levels of elk utilization of aspen, reflected by the length of time during which elk utilized the aspen stand; and different fencing treatments where fences were removed following a specified, variable number of years.

Keywords: ecosystem management, ecosystem research, sustainable forests, quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides

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Weisberg, Peter J.; Coughenour, Michael B. 2001. Model-based assessment of aspen responses to elk herbivory in Rocky Mountain National Park. In: Shepperd, Wayne D.; Binkley, Dan; Bartos, Dale L.; Stohlgren, Thomas J.; Eskew, Lane G., comps. Sustaining aspen in western landscapes: Symposium proceedings; 13-15 June 2000; Grand Junction, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-18. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 183-184.

 


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