Endangered Western Forests

Across the West, high-elevation forests are dying at an alarming rate. These forests’ five-needle pines, which are critical to sustaining vast and essential ecosystems, are witnessing an unprecedented level of threats. If we do not act now, this iconic landscape may never recover. American Forests is working collaboratively to prevent irreversible damage to these endangered western forests. And you can help.

The changes to our western forests are so wide scale that local residents have noticed a major change to the landscape over the last few decades. Check out the tale of a nature photographer who specializes in finding grizzly bears — a species being affected by the decline of whitebark pine.

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Why We Care
High-elevation five-needle pines — especially the whitebark pine — serve a crucial role in both forest and human communities.
The Challenge
A combination of threats — mountain pine beetles, white pine blister rust, fire suppression and climate change — is jeopardizing the health of our high-elevation forests.
Our Strategy
American Forests is helping to implement a proactive, boots-on-the ground restoration plan and advocating on behalf of the forests.
Get Involved
  • Donate
    Every dollar counts for our endangered western forests.
  • Act Now
    Urge Congress to introduce comprehensive legislation addressing these ecosystems and the issues they face.
  • Volunteer
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Thank you to the U.S. Forest Service for its support of our public outreach and education efforts. U.S. Forest Service