World’s largest organism is the Utah grove of Aspen sharing same root system
The public media program SciTech Now will broadcast a Utah produced video segment on the world’s largest living single organism, the Pando Aspen clone near Fish Lake. The program airs locally on UEN-TV, Channel 9.1 Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. and will air nationally on PBS stations in March.
The Utah Education Network produced the segment which includes Utah students and Dr. Paul C. Rogers, Director of the Western Aspen Alliance at Utah State University. The broadcast coincides with the publication of March issue of Natural History magazine. It features an article by Rogers entitled, “Saving Pando: Humans are taking measured steps to rejuvenate an ailing giant.”
“Our video shows students from Ogden High School’s International Baccalaureate class who traveled to see and conduct research at the 106-acre grove of Quaking Aspen,” says Katie Garrett, UEN digital media specialist who produced the segment along with UEN video producers Nicole Reynolds and Landon Weeks.
“The term Pando is Latin for ‘I Spread’ and this is a giant clone thought to be the largest living thing in the world” says Rogers in the video. “Students here are helping me measure the condition of the clone…how many live trees and dead trees and particularly how many young trees are reproducing…we need to have a diversity of ages so that when older ones die, we have the next generation to fill in.”
Rogers says using of citizen scientists, such as the Ogden students, is a way to reach out to the community to help them understand issues and physically participate in taking measurements and bringing data home. Use of citizen scientists also creates “ownership” by the public in conservation issues as they gain first-hand knowledge of ‘real world science’ and their part in it.
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