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Join the Battle for Whitebark Pine

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
  • 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 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 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 Once they know what’s happening to our treasured landscapes like Yellowstone, they’ll want to help as much as you do.

One Comment

  1. Toby-Rachel March 13, 2014 at 2:37 am - Reply

    My heart breaks for these beautiful trees. I am currently in an uphill battle to save a beautiful tree in a low income area of Chula Vista, CA that the owner wants to take down to build a Chipotle Restaurant. I appeared on Channel 10 News to plead my case. No one came forward to help me. Still, I am not giving up. She is a unique twin Cook Pine with two trees attached to one trunk. I even have a place for her in a children’s park but I need over $8,000 to move her there safely or she could G-D Forbid be traumatized. I feel for you. Although I cannot donate at this time because I am a senior citizen on social security, I support whatever it takes to help these beautiful trees.

    Most sincerely,

    (Mrs.)Toby-Rachel Leder

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