Poudre River Riparian Forest Assessment

Poudre River Riparian Forest Assessment

The goal of this study was to quantify the distribution, composition and abundance of tree species growing in the riparian corridor. Fixed-width, variable-length belt transects were used to assess basal area by species. Abundance was recorded for desirable species such as narrowleaf and plains cottonwood and mulberry along with the abundance of undesirable species such as crack willow, Russian olive, tamarisk, Siberian elm and others. Regeneration less than 1” diameter at breast height was evaluated and used in conjunction with diameter distribution data to determine trends in regeneration.