Ogden High students part of video airing on UEN in aspen colony visit

Saturday , February 27, 2016 - 2:11 PM

BECKY WRIGHT, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Ogden High School students are part of a video premiering on the Utah Education Network at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29.

“A group of International Baccalaureate students from Ogden High School, in the fall of 2015, traveled to near Fish Lake, Utah, to the Pando,” said Zac Williams, spokesman for Ogden School District, explaining that the Pando Clone is an aspen colony. “It’s possibly the single largest living organism in the world.”

Researchers have been looking into what seems to be a decline of the colony, he said, including researchers from Utah State University.

“The students were able to travel to the Pando, and to be able to work with USU researchers,” said Williams. “It was hands-on, and they got to be exposed to the type of research that, basically, a university student or a graduate student would do.”

The students worked with USU ecologist Paul Rogers, doing survey work to collect data. 

The trip was filmed and is part of a video about the Pando. 

A UEN News Twitter post, on Feb. 26, announced the premier saying, “NOT TO MISS: SciTech Now report on Pando Aspen to air on UENTV Feb 29.”

The UEN website, at http://go.uen.org/6cv, lists the video premier at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, on UEN-TV, Channel 9.1. It will also be shown nationally, on PBS stations, in March, according to the web information.

“It’s going to be exciting to see Ogdenites featured in this program,” said Williams.

You can reach reporter Becky Wright at bwright@standard.net or at 801-625-4274. Follow her on Twitter at @ReporterBWright or like her on Facebook.

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