Cut Some Dang Trees!

July 12, 2010 | By | Reply More

Serious Bird Hunters LOVE to see this!

This fact recently in: “Quaking aspen is the most widely distributed tree species in North America, ranging throughout Canada and most of the United States (including Alaska), and extending into Mexico. However, since the late 19th to early 20th centuries, it is estimated that the aspen component of the landscape in eastern Idaho has declined by as much as 65%.” [It has also significantly declined in many other states.]

“At one time on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, 45% of the Caribou acreage and 40% of the Targhee acreage were occupied by aspen. Now that has dwindled to less than 27% on the Caribou and less than 9% on the Targhee.”

That’s true of way more than just Idaho too. Cut some trees! Save some birds (songbirds too)! Save the aspen!

On July 14 the Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group is sponsoring a public field trip to the McCoy Creek Drainage of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. This is a chance to learn more about the plight of dwindling aspen communities affecting much of the western United States, and understand more about what recovery efforts are underway. Contact info:

> Aren Eddingsaas, aeddingsaas AT sbtribes DOT com, 208-239-4577

> Tom Silvey, tsilvey AT, 208-557-5806

> Terry Thomas, terry.thomas AT, 208-525-7290

Category: Aspen, Forest Management, ID

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