To be effective in helping the recovery of the whitebark pine — and the ecosystem that depends on it — we need to approach the problem from every angle. American Forests Endangered Western Forests initiative, with support from Dendrifund and the U.S. Forest Service, was developed to do just that. From the forests of Wyoming to the meeting rooms of Capitol Hill, we’re fighting for the whitebark pine, but we still need your support. There are many ways to join us in our efforts to preserve the whitebark pine before it’s too late.

Whitebark pine cone seeds of disease-resistant trees are caged for seedling reproduction by a volunteer.

Whitebark pine cone seeds of disease-resistant trees are caged for seedling reproduction by a volunteer. Credit: Chris Peterson

  • COME JOIN US IN THE FIELD. What could be better than a day of fresh air for a good cause? Volunteer with us to plant seedlings. On one of our recent trips, volunteers attached more than 400 patches to naturally disease-resistant whitebark pine to keep the beetles from attacking trees with the best chance of survival. And we still have more to go. Next year, American Forests plans to support the dispersal of more than 4,000 additional patches and 25,000 more seedlings. For more information, email volunteers@americanforests.org.
  • EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS. In fact, $30 could fund the cultivation, disease-resistance testing and planting of six whitebark pines or a year of mountain pine beetle protection for two cone-producing whitebark pines. Visit www.americanforests.org/ewf-give to donate to our Endangered Western Forests initiative.
  • LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. Tell your representative to address the threats facing whitebark pine. More than 400 people have already signed, telling Congress that these ecosystems are important. Visit www.americanforests.org/whitebark to join them.
  • SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE. Let people know about the dangers faced by whitebark pine — and the devastation that losing it would bring to the ecosystem. Tell your friends to visit us at www.americanforests.org/ewf. Once they know what’s happening to our treasured landscapes like Yellowstone, they’ll want to help as much as you do.