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    Author(s): George A. Schier; Wayne D. Shepperd; John R. Jones
    Date: 1985
    Source: In: DeByle, Norbert V.; Winokur, Robert P., editors. Aspen: Ecology and management in the western United States. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report RM-119. Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colo. p. 197-208
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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    There are basically two approaches to regenerating aspen stands-sexual reproduction using seed, or vegetative regeneration by root suckering. In the West, root suckering is the most practical method. The advantage of having an existing, well established root system capable of producing numerous root suckers easily outweighs natural or artificial reforestation in the West. Root suckers do not require good seed years or stringent microclimatic conditions (see the VEGETATIVE REGENERATION chapter), and can be produced in much greater abundance and more economically than nursery grown seedlings or transplants. Although suckering precludes the opportunity for genetic improvement of the new stand, it offers the predictability of knowing the type of stand that probably will develop from the regeneration.

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    Schier, George A.; Shepperd, Wayne D.; Jones, John R. 1985. Regeneration. In: DeByle, Norbert V.; Winokur, Robert P., editors. Aspen: Ecology and management in the western United States. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report RM-119. Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colo. p. 197-208

    Keywords

    Populus tremuloides, quaking aspen, ecology, forest management, regeneration, seed, suckers

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