Aplet, Ph.D.

Director of Special Projects
Denver Office

1660 Wynkoop Street, Suite 1150
Denver, CO 80202

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Greg Aplet is Director of Special Projects, specializing in ecosystem management and the conservation of biological diversity and forest ecosystem health.

He joined The Wilderness Society in 1991 and has been part of the Society’s reviews of federal land management planning initiatives throughout the country, including conservation plans for the northern spotted owl, the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project and the National Fire Plan.

Greg’s work has included co-editing Defining Sustainable Forestry (Island Press 1993) and co-authoring (with Jerry Franklin) "Wilderness Ecosystems" in the 3rd edition of Wilderness Management (Fulcrum Press 2002) and an article on charcoal and soil carbon storage (with Tom DeLuca) in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (February 2008).

Greg's background includes a B.S. in Forestry, an M.S. in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University. His research includes studies of the dynamics of Rocky Mountain and Hawaiian forests, the ecology of biological invasions, and wilderness and wildland fire management.


DeLuca, T.H. and G.H. Aplet. 2008. Charcoal and carbon storage in forest soils of the Rocky Mountain West. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6:18-24.

Cole, D.N., Yung, L., Zavaleta, E.S., Aplet, G.H., Chapin III, F.S., Graber, D.M., Higgs, E.S., Hobbs, R.J., Landres, P.B., Millar, C.I., Parsons, D.J., Randall, J.M., Stephenson, N.L., Tonnessen, K.A., White, P.S., and S. Woodley. 2008. Naturalness and beyond: protected area stewardship in an era of global environmental change. George Wright Forum 25(1):37-56.

Aplet, G.H. and B. Wilmer. The Potential for Restoring Fire-adapted Ecosystems: Exploring Opportunities for Expanded Wildland Fire Use.

Weller, C., J. Thomson, P. Morton, and G. Aplet. 2002. Fragmenting Our Lands: The Ecological Footprint from Oil and Gas Development. Ecological Analysis. Washington, DC, The Wilderness Society.

The Unknown Trajectory of Forest Restoration: A Call for Ecosystem Monitoring

Managing the Landscape for Fire: A Three-Zone, Landscape-Scale Fire Management Strategy

Targeting the Community Fire Planning Zone: Mapping Matters

Restoration of Low Elevation Dry Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains: A Holistic Approach