WESTERN ASPEN ALLIANCE is a joint venture between Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources, USDI Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and National Forest Systems, whose purpose is to facilitate and coordinate research issues related to quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) communities of the west. The Western Aspen Alliance (WAA — pronounced “way”) will facilitate cooperative research and disseminate state-of-the-science aspen information to interested managers, researchers, the public, and other entities.

The overall goal of the Western Aspen Alliance is to facilitate effective and appropriate management of aspen ecosystems in Western North America through coordinated scientific efforts and shared information.

   I have used the WAA to help keep up to date with the vast and growing literature on aspen and its ecology.   

Victor Lieffers
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta