The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network partnered with the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation (WPEF) and the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Protection, Boise Field Office to host the 2018 WPEF Science Meeting and Workshop, September 20-22 in Stanley, Idaho. The workshop theme was Central Idaho Whitebark Pine: High, Dry and Burned.
Workshop attendeess learned, discussed and witnessed examples of impacts by wildfires and mountain pine beetle and how managers are dealing with these issues in the central Idaho region. Thursday centered around an exciting day of presentations on current and developing research and management at the Stanley Community Center, followed by a fun-filled evening of networking and a silent auction at the Mountain Village Bar/Restaurant. Friday was an all-day field trip to Galena Summit and Rainbow Creek Project on the SNRA to discuss recent beetle kill, white pine blister rust, planting and thinning treatments. Saturday consisted of a half-day field trip to discuss growing a partnership to address keeping sustainable populations of whitebark pine on the landscape in the face of severe wildfire and little seed for planting.