8:00-17:00 Field Trip to Red Desert, the Jack Marrow Hills east of Farson
View and discuss the ecology and persistence of small aspen stands on this high desert landscape over time, natural disturbance regimes and successional pathways of aspen in this ecosystem, associated understory species composition and diversity present or lack of, influence of herbivory to current aspen health & whether or not recent herbivore species/levels are consistent with the historic species/levels that sustained aspen on the landscape over time, visit historic small scaled aspen treatments conducted nearly 2 decades ago and view the effects of herbivory to regeneration and stand replacement, predicted climate change effects to these relict aspen stands in the Red Desert, discuss management options for sustaining healthy aspen habitat on this landscape into the future.
Details: Meet at the BLM Rock Springs Field Office building parking lot (280 Highway 191 North) before
8:00 a.m. to carpool out to tour sites. You will need a capable 4WD vehicle or you need to arrange a ride with someone that has one. We have a tight schedule and will be leaving promptly at 08:00.
· Bring your own lunch and personal gear for spending the day outside - weather conditions can change quickly
17:00- 19:00 Dinner on your own
19:00-21:00 Public Presentations – held in room 1005 at Western Wyoming College
(2500 College Drive, Rock Springs WY)
Dr. Dale Bartos, Robert Campbell, and Dr. Paul Rogers will give aspen ecology presentations tailored towards the
average hunter, angler, and wildlife enthusiast emphasizing the importance of maintaining healthy aspen habitat for wildlife. Presentation topics likely will include:
1. Aspen ecology and herbivory Dr. Dale Bartos
2. Aspen succession and vegetative biodiversity. Robert Campbell
3. Aspen disturbance ecology and climate. Dr. Paul Rogers
8:00-15:00 Field Trip to the Little Mountain Ecosystem
Visit and discuss treated aspen sites on Little and Pine mountains. Several aspen sites have been treated in the Little Mountain Ecosystem over the past 21 years, the tour will visit select treated aspen sites that have either been successful or unsuccessful in reestablishing aspen stands. Effects of ungulate herbivory will be discussed. Visit the Lizzie Spring Creek watershed (~1,600 acre first order watershed) where cumulative effects of a 1996 Rx fire prompted conifer to aspen & sagebrush to grassland successional conversions, and transformed an ephemeral drainage into a small perennial spring fed stream.
· Meet at Cruel Jack’s Truck Stop parking lot, 8 Purple Sage Rd. (I-80 Exit 99) Rock Springs, WY. to car pool to tour sites. Again, please arrive before 0800, as we will leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. Again, You will need a capable 4WD vehicle or you need to arrange a ride with someone that has one.
· Bring your own lunch & personal gear for spending the day outside - weather conditions can change quickly
Questions - Contact Kevin Spence (WGFD) (307) 875-3223, or Ben Wise (307) 733-2321