About this Area of Pando
The Lower Pando Exclosure Section of Pando spans approximately 17.86 acres and is one of two major sections of the tree that feature permanent 8-foot protective fences used to keep deer and elk out. While growth varies across Pando’s larger expanse, this section features the second largest concentration of regeneration in Pando and, for good reasons. Fencing, conifer removal combined with low fire to remove overlying debris and stimulate growth has shown the most promise in restoration efforts as has been done here. Working between 2012-2014, the Fishlake National Forest used prescribed fire to destroy underbrush and stimulate Pando’s roots in an successful effort to restore the health of the tree. In terms of landscape, this section features a mix of old, middle-aged and new branches. It also features a massive volcanic boulders and large fields of exposed lava flow from this land’s volcanic past. As the only section of the Pando with a maintained footpath that figures as a spur from the Lakeshore Trail, it is the most visited section of the tree for those wanting to experience Pando first hand.