Year Planted: 2002 Trees Planted: 12,200 Location: Idaho
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is located near Yellowstone National Park. Over 12,000 whitebark pine seedlings were planted to help reforest an area that burned in the North Fork Fire of 1988, and is still not adequately regenerating trees on its own. Whitebark pine serves several important ecological functions such as protecting watersheds, promoting post-fire forest regeneration, and providing a food source for wildlife. In the Greater Yellowstone Area, whitebark pine seeds are a critical food source for the endangered grizzly bear, along with many other mammals and bird species. When whitebark seeds are available, bears will eat them almost exclusively, reducing human/bear conflicts. Whitebark can also serve as a nurse tree, facilitating the survival and growth of other conifers on burned or harsh sites.
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