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Lower Pando Exclosure Section

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. 

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  • Area: 17.86 Acres (7.227 Hectares)
  • Number of Routes: 30
  • Locations: 1,475
  • Locations Published to Date: 1,127
  • Acres Published to Date: 13.64

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Notes for Use in Remote Research

Data Sets

Friends of Pando makes makes data from the Pando Photographic Survey freely available for study, use, and enjoyment by scientists and the general public.  Each route includes a link to download its related data set. Each data package contains:

  1. A folder of processed images (optimized for ground cover resolution)
  2. A folder of RAW images stitched and sequenced according to field data sheets
  3. A  digital version of the associated field data sheet in Excel format (.xls) with planned and recorded location in LAT+LONG format
  4. A shape file with all location waypoints documented
  5. A visual version of the shoot map
  6. Notes on usage, citation, and the team

Replicating Results

The Pando Photographic Survey is a baseline repeat-photography project. We have documented our effort rigorously so that it can be replicated to monitor and study the tree for generations to come. Please review our methods page to learn how we developed the project. If you would like to replicate results, please let us know via our contact page as we may be able to help with logistics, equipment etc.

Creation of Virtual Plots and Custom Routes

One of our goals for the project was to open up more opportunities to study the tree, but since this was a new approach, we welcome any feedback, questions, or concerns you may have about how the data sets can be used for your project. Feel free to contact us and someone from the team will connect with you.

One of our goals for the project was to open up more opportunities to study the tree, but since this was a new approach, we welcome any feedback, questions, or concerns you may have about how the data sets can be used for your project. Feel free to contact us and someone from the team will connect with you.

Open Science Project

The Pando Photographic Survey is an Open Science Project. We make our methods, raw and processed data sets, imagery and field data freely available for use and study. Please review and uphold our request for citation and understand that any derivative works you create from the Survey should be made freely available to others in similar fashion.

A Living Document

The Pando Photographic Survey is a living document who’s value and application will grow over time. If you do not see your questions answered here, please refer to our Photographic Survey FAQ Page, which we will update regularly, for additional insights or questions .

Friends of Pando is dedicated and working to educate the public, support research and preservation efforts and inspire stewardship of Pando, the world’s largest tree.

 

Friends of Pando is a proud partner of Pando’s public land stewards, Fishlake National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture. Learn more about our partnership.

 

Friends of Pando and its partners are equal opportunity employers.

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Friends of Pando
PO Box 12
Richfield, UT, 84701
Phone: 435-633-1893
IRS EIN: 87-3958681