fun fact for the day: there's a Quaking Aspen grove in Utah that has 50,000 trees that are all actually just one tree. Its name is Pando and it's 80,000 years old.
less fun fact: human action significantly impacts Aspen colonies. A combination of drought, cattle grazing, and overzealous fire suppression (which lets smaller plants block their sunlight) has led to their gradual decline across the North American West.
Pando in particular hasn't grown larger for 40 years, and is thought to be slowly dying -- though it is far from dead, and many people are trying to save it. It needs time free of cattle to let saplings regrow.
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