Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Montana Snowbowl, a ski area in Lolo National Forest only 12 miles northwest of Missoula, contains some perfect whitebark pine habitat at the top of its slopes. However, blister rust and mountain pine beetles have killed over 80% of the mature cone-bearing trees there, and the communities are experiencing advancing succession.
12:15 — Depart the Hilton Garden Inn parking lot
1:30 — Arrive at Snowbowl. Divide into four groups; walk to your first assigned station.
1:30-2:00 — First Station
2:00-2:30 — Second Station
2:30-3:00 — Third Station
3:00-3:30 — Fourth Station
3:30 — Wrap up and return to buses.
5:00 — Arrive at Hilton Garden Inn.
The four stations include:
a. Whitebark Pine Ecology
b. Bird-Squirrel-Pine Interactions
c. Agents Causing Decline in Whitebark Pine
d. Whitebark Pine Restoration
What to Expect
Winter comes early here, so Montana Snowbowl may have snow! Wear warm clothes (layers are best), a hat, gloves, and hiking boots or snow boots. Travel is by chartered motor coach (bus). The walk between stations is short, but you may be walking through some snow.
**If the weather is really poor or the road conditions unsuitable for travelling, we will resort to a “virtual” field trip at the Hilton Garden Inn or other nearby location.