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Upper Pando Hill Section

About this Area of Pando

Rising high above Fishlake Basin, the Upper Pando Hill Section describes 6.27 acres of Pando’s landmass spanning a treacherous grade that soars 300 feet above Fish Lake down below. A watershed comprised of steep approaches and loose soils intermixed with volcanic boulders, the area is trafficked by predators and prey which field observations suggest, move down from Fishlake Hightop Mountain some 3,000 feet above the area as they move down to Fish Lake for water, food and bedding. Featuring mostly old and middle-aged branches, the area features pockets of new growth, especially in steeper passages and places where volcanic boulders bar easy passage by animals and humans alike. Far removed from the human activity in the Basin, geologic maps strongly suggests the area was carved by glacial runoff creating a mineral rich delta of soil that reaches all the way to shores of Fish Lake. A perennial landslide and avalanche zone, this area serves another role; when the land moves, it scours away tap-rooted conifers at the surface, opening up new paths of water, nutrients and light Pando can quickly take advantage of as it continues it’s 9,000 year long shapeshifting dance across the land. 

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  • Area: 6.27 Acres (2.537 Hectares)
  • Number of Routes: 13
  • Locations: 518
  • Locations Published to Date: 308
  • Acres Published to Date: 3.72

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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