Aspen Regeneration at Loney Meadow

Aspen stands in the Sierra Nevada are in decline. After a century of fire suppression and grazing pressure, high elevation aspen populations are seriously threatened by conifer encroachment. Restoring aspen stands is a critical strategy of the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Southwest Region. Without treatment, these iconic high elevation aspen systems will continue to be replaced by conifer forests resulting in a loss of critical habitat for a diversity of wildlife, plants, and rare species.

In 2011, with funding from the USFS Resource Advisory Committee, SYRCL with eight volunteers treated two acres of aspen habitat at Loney Meadow by removing hundreds of conifers.

In 2013, with funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, SYRCL with the help of 19 volunteers treated over two acres of aspen habitat outside of Loney Meadow within a large aspen stand.

Resource Advisory Committee$4,075Complete
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy$49,265.64In Progress
Time frame: 
Thursday, June 2, 2011 to Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Closed Grant with remaining efforts to be completed through funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Project participants: 
SYRCLProject Organizer
Tahoe National ForestPartner
Resource Advisory CommitteeFunder
The Sierra Nevada ConservancyFunder
POINT (-120.644036 39.423328)
Habitat type: 
Land ownership: 
Tahoe National Forest

See project description.

Performance measures: 
Number of conifers with less than or equal to 10"dbh (diameter breast height) removed. Number of volunteers trained and educated.
Species targeted for protection: 
Common NameScientific Name
Quaking AspenPopulus tremuloides
Species targeted for eradication: 
Common NameScientific Name
All Conifers 10"dbh or less
Species introduced during restoration: 
Scientific NameCommon Name
Project methods: 

Using help from volunteers, SYRCL used hand tools to remove encroaching conifers that were equal to or less than 10"dbh.

Post-project monitoring: 
Pre and post photographs were taken of the project site. With continued funding from The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the photo points will be revisited and retaken as time progresses.
Contact info: 

Gary Reedy, River Science Director 530-265-5961 ext 208

Datasets and reports available to download: