Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) has been disappearing from high mountain landscapes due to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, white pine blister rust, human intrusions, and fire exclusion. It is currently a candidate species for listing under the endangered species act. In a recently published General Technical Report (RMRS-GTR-361), Rocky Mountain Research Station Research Ecologist Robert Keane and collaborators present guidelines for restoring whitebark pine under future climates based on an existing international rangewide restoration strategy and an extensive modeling experiment. This GTR will help forest managers develop the appropriate site specific treatment plans for whitebark pine restoration projects.
Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2018. Predicting the future to save whitebark pine. Science You Can (in 5 minutes). Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2 p.