American Forests and the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation are partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and collaborating with other federal agencies and tribes across the region to develop a consensus-based, core-area restoration plan for the U.S. distribution of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis). This strategic plan will identify selected areas within the U.S. range of whitebark pine for priority restoration, thus focusing resources. The plan will also facilitate federal and NGO fundraising efforts for restoration.
The national summit will kick off the plan process by bringing together high-level representatives and regional resource managers from the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, tribal governments, and interested NGO partners. The major emphasis will be on the rationale and conceptual basis for the strategic plan and the development of selection criteria for core areas, as well as a description of the process. A half-day field trip will showcase whitebark pine communities and their decline.
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