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Whitebark ecosystem displayed indoors

Author(s): Jane Kapler Smith
Year Published: 2007

If you had never seen a high-elevation whitebark pine community, if you had never picked up a whitebark cone emptied by nutcrackers, if you had never stepped over (or into) a bear scat full of pine nut shells, how could you appreciate the intricacy of whitebark pine habitat? How could you care about this beautiful, imperiled ecosystem? We ask a great deal of children and the public when we want them to imagine the wonder of places they've never seen. It is best, of course, to get people up to the high country. But to capture their interest in the first place, you need 'stuff'-photos, posters, presentations, educational activities, displays. That's why a partnership between the Montana Natural History Center and the Forest Service recently opened a whitebark pine display at the Natural History Center in Missoula, MT.

Citation: Smith, Jane Kapler, 2007. Whitebark ecosystem displayed indoors. Nutcracker Notes Fall/Winter 2007(13): 6.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management
Ecosystem(s): Alpine forest/krummholz, Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 11091
FRAMES RCS number: 7362
Record updated: Oct 3, 2019