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Kentucky Color - Big Tooth Aspen

Adair County and 2-3 county area in North Carolina Smoky Mountains are southern most reaches of tree
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

I figure that probably not more than a couple hundred Adair County residents would know that Adair County is part of the natural range of Big Toothed Aspen. In fact with the exception of only a small two or three county area in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, Adair County is one of the most southern natural sites for this tree.

Aspen is the most widely distributed tree species in North America, stretching from inland Alaska south and east across Canada, much of the Idaho and Montana Rockies, and across the Great Lakes and Mid West Region to the Atlantic Ocean.

Its wood is mainly used for pulp and pallets in the Great Lakes Region including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Billy Joe Fudge

This story was posted on 2012-07-03 03:52:20
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Kentucky Color: Big Tooth Aspen on Chance Road, cloning itself

2012-07-03 - Chance, District 3, Adair County, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Big Tooth Aspen reproduces by seed but also can clone itself by putting up suckers after a disturbance such as wildfire or in this case the reconstruction of this wooded area of Chance Road. -Billy Joe Fudge

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Kentucky Color: Towering Big Tooth Aspen, Adair Co., KY

2012-07-03 - Chance Road, Adair Co., KY - Photo By Billy Joe Fudge.
Several tall, slender and elegant Big Tooth Aspen
stand guard over a reconstructed area of Chance road. This would be the only place I know where you can roll down your car window and touch the leaves of this most amazing tree without even getting out of your car. - Billy Joe Fudge

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