Whitebark pine in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyo. Credit: Matt Lavin

About the Salt Lick Fire Whitebark Pine ReLeaf Project:

American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 50 acres of Bridger-Teton National Forest with whitebark pine to help restore the species following the Salt Lick Fire.

Global ReLeaf provides forests like this — and the communities that depend on them — with the restoration they need to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting more than 45 million trees in the process.

ReLeaf Location:

Bridger-Teton National Forest, WY

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 10,000 trees across 50 acres
  • Restoring habitat for whitebark pine

Why This ReLeaf Project?

Portions of the Salt Lick Fire were identified as high priority in the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee Whitebark Pine Strategy for restoration in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA). These areas were overlaid with maps of severely burned portions and surveyed in 2013 to identify areas that were in need of planting (less than 200 whitebark pine trees per acre). Several polygons totaling 50 acres were planted with 2-0 containerized whitebark pine seedlings in September 2014.

Why Whitebark Pine?

Throughout the whitebark pine’s range, which extends from California north into the Intermountain West, Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies, the species appears to be in decline. The greatest threats to the species include white pine blister rust and mountain pine beetle, which lead to high mortality rates and the reduction of seed sources necessary for reproduction. Additionally, climate change has had a direct impact on the whitebark pine.

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