Did you know the world’s *most massive* known organism is an Aspen Grove?!
ASPEN 🌳 Medium-sized deciduous trees, 20-80 feet tall and 3-18” diameter, that live 100-130 years. ⚪ Bark is smooth, various shades of gray to white, and can become rough with age. 🍂 Leaves turn bright yellow in the fall and rustle in the lightest breeze, making a whispering sound, hence the name “Quaking Aspen”.
ASPEN GROVE 🌱 Endures wildfires and reproduces by both seeds and root sprouts (“suckering”), which results in genetically identical trees (together a “clone”) ranging in size from less than an acre to over 100 acres and with a lifespan of hundreds to hundreds of thousands of years! 🌎 Found throughout North America, in diverse environments and regions. 🦌 Home to wildlife like hare, moose, black bear, elk, deer, and birds.
“PANDO” OR “TREMBLING GIANT” GROVE 🧬 In Utah, consists of more than 40,000 trees that are genetically identical and share a single root system. 💪 Of global aspen clones, it is the largest (over 100 acres), heaviest (about 14 million pounds/6600 tons), and oldest (estimates range from 10,000 to 1 million years). 🥀 Dying, primarily due to human interference; restoration efforts underway.
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Protected 1,195 acres of tropical rainforest and other critical habitat and kept 176,262 mT of carbon dioxide equivalents safely stored.