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2019 Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Science and Management Conference

WhitbarkPine_RKeane.jpgThis year's Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Conference - The Far View from the Mountaintops: Meshing Past and Present Whitebark Pine Science, Management, and Cultural Significance, was co-hosted by the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Salish Kootenai College, and the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network.

The first day of the conference (September 13) took place at the Salish Kootenai College Campus and featured presentations and panels on current and developing research, management, and cultural value of whitebark pine. The second day (September 14) featured a field trip to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Three Lakes Peak roadless area within the Flathead Indian Reservation. The 4th Annual Crown of the Continent High 5 Working Group Meeting preceded the conference on Thursday, September 12, 2019, also at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo.

The workshop agenda included talks related to: science and ecology; cultural significance, education, and communication; and management and overview of whitebark pine. The following talks are available to download:

Whitebark Pine Status in Northwestern Montana and the Pacific Northwest (Sara Goeking, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station)

Interesting Findings from Two Case Studies in Whitebark Pine: Climate Change and Release Response (Sarah Flanary and Bob Keane, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station)

Characteristics of Whitebark Pine Growth and Defense in Response to Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in Northwestern Montana (Nick Kichas-Ziebig, Montana State University)

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Whitebark Pine: An Update (Cathy Cripps, Montana State University)

More than Trees: The Importance of Making our Science Delivery Culturally and Socially Relevant (Monique Wynecoop, USFS Colville National Forest)

Working Collaboratively to Restore and Sustain Whitebark Pine Forests: Examples of Cooperation between the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe, NGOs, and Government Agencies (Anne Carlson, The Wilderness Society) 

Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Pilot Whitebark Pine Restoration Strategy (Melissa Jenkins, USFS Flathead National Forest)