Hardwoods are rare on Oregon’s east side but that’s not the only thing that makes aspen unusual. The trees sprout from rhizomes in large “clones” or shared root systems that can live up to 1000 years, though the trees themselves rarely live beyond a century. Aspen stands are eco-hotspots, creating their own food webs and providing habitat for everything from birds to bears. We capture their beauty at the height of autumn and explore their unique ecology.

Producer: Jule Gilfillan
Videographers: Nick Fisher, Todd Sonflieth
Editors: Greg Bond, Michael Bendixen