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The Pando Tree

Meet Pando, The World's Largest Tree

What is the Pando Tree?

aerial view of Pando's land mass
Aerial view shows 80% of Pando's 106 acres.

In a high mountain basin in central Utah stands the world’s largest tree, Pando, a quaking aspen clone comprised of over 40,000 stems. Stems which appear to us as individual trees, but in fact, are one part of a genetically identical tree that spreads out over 106 acres via a massive root system…

By Lance Oditt
Science Advisors: Nick Mustoe, Paul Rogers, Ryan Thalman

A BIG list of facts about the Pando tree

a big list of facts about the pando tree

Enjoy this big list of facts all about the Pando tree. A pdf version of the “BIG list” is also available for download.

A Friends of Pando Guide

Fishlake Basin: The Land Pando Calls Home

A Geologic History of Fishlake, Pando's Home

Figure 11. Geologic map of the Fish Lake plateau (Rozier, 2006)

EA review of geology and geomorphological literature about Pando’s home.

By Lorna Campbell (Geoscientist)
Edited by Lance Oditt

The History of Land Management in Pando

Image of the Presidential Proclamation for Fishlake

Pando and the greater Fish Lake Basin where it is found became part of the Forest Reserve system by presidential proclamation from William McKinley on February 10th, 1899. Pando’s history since that time has, in part, been linked to this connection to what became Fishlake National Forest…

By Nick Mustoe
District Ranger, Coconino National Forest
Former Forester, Fremont District (Fishlake National Forest)

The Science of the Pando Tree

Aspens role on the world stage

Aspen’s Role on the World Stage

Many have imagined Pando, the giant aspen clone of central Utah, to mirror human’s inability to live cooperatively with Earth at-large. Certainly, many elements—both good and bad—found at Pando are reflected in aspen systems globally. Six species of aspen wrap the northern hemisphere of our planet…

By Paul Rogers

aspen at the residential wildland interface

Aspen at the Residential Wildland Interface

Stepping out of your front door at 8,000 feet in the montane zone of the Rocky Mountains is to know a paradise first hand: smells, sounds, and sites abound, but it’s the solitude of the moment that reels us in.  If you’re lucky enough to have quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) a part of that scene, you are doubly gifted…

By Paul Rogers

Fences to save aspen good bad ugly

Fences to Save Aspen: Good, Bad, Ugly

In valued aspen locations around the West, we frequently see small portions of forests fenced, but there is often little or no explanation for this intrusion. After all, we visit these treasured landscapes to engage with nature unfettered, not to encounter visual and physical impediments…

By Paul Rogers

wildfire in aspen landscapes

Wildfire in Aspen Landscapes

Wildfires play an important ecological role in the western United States in both forest and grassland communities.  Fire is nature’s way of rejuvenation and certain plants rely on periodic burning.  However, popular media often paint a negative picture of wildland fire because homes may burn and, in rare instances, people may be injured or even killed…

By Paul Rogers

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