Utah State Professor Receives Forest Stewardship Achievement Award
Darren McAvoy, Wildland Resources. Extension Assistant Professor
- Karen helped discover that aspen seedling establishment is far more common than previously thought, countering our previous understanding of aspen regeneration. This work had a variety of forest management implications and bolstered our understanding about the complexities of genetic diversity within aspen forests.
- Karen is currently investigating root reserves of aspen stands on Cedar Mountain in Central Utah. By using an air spade to dig roots (instead of a tractor), she is increasing our understanding of aspen roots and promoting successful vegetative aspen reproduction.
- Karen leads the revegetation efforts following the 2017 Brian Head Fire that burned 72,000 acres in Southern Utah. Her important follow up work has ensured the success of thousands of aspen seedlings.
Karen’s work has had a significant impact on millions of acres of forestland in Utah and beyond. USU Forestry Extension wishes Dr. Karen Mock congratulations on receiving this prestigious and well-deserved award.