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By Josh Morin
Special to the Courier 

Tremble and Quake

 

February 22, 2019

Courtesy Photo

The Pando clone stands above Scenic Byway U-25 in Fishlake National Forest, located in central Utah.

I often hear the statement, “Aspen don’t live very long,” when having discussions about trees on the Front Range, especially when people have an opportunity to plant a new tree. The notion that aspen are a short-lived tree sparks a number of thoughts and questions and really a curiosity about these organisms many people regard as short-lived.

If you happen to be a tree geek (aka arborist), you probably know that the oldest and largest recognized single living organism on this planet is a colony of aspen in Utah. It even has a name, Pando, given by Michael Grant of the University of C...



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