The decline of aspen in Western forests over the past several decades has been a significant concern to scientists, foresters and land managers, including private landowners. Aspen is an important component of Western forests for aesthetic, economic and ecological reasons. Based on recommendations from researchers, land managers are implementing regeneration projects designed to restore aspen to the landscape.
Many private landowners have taken the lead in aspen restoration, often incurring the cost of treatments out of pocket. Some federal programs, including NRCS and Partners for Fish and Wildlife, provide cost share funds for aspen regeneration treatments. Landowners, foresters and researchers continue to experiment and monitor aspen regeneration projects in the effort to identify the most cost-effective and ecologically appropriate strategies. Recent workshops and site tours have been hosted by Western Landowners Alliance members in DeBeque, Colorado, near Alamosa, Colorado and in Chama, New Mexico. These workshops help landowners share knowledge and see the results of various aspen regeneration projects and fencing strategies first hand. Learning from one another can save landowners and public land managers significant costs and years of experimentation.
Read more about private aspen management and find additional resources here.