Year Planted: 1999 Trees Planted: 5,000 Location: Idaho
This project will restore whitebark pine on 35 acres that were burned in the Yellowstone fires of 1988. The fires burned about 17,000 acres of mixed conifer stands, including whitebark and lodgepole pine, on the Targhee National Forest. Most areas have regenerated back to lodgepole pine, but whitebark pine have not regenerated sufficiently, and blister rust is reducing this species at an alarming rate in the Northern Rocky Mountains. 5,000 trees were planted in fall 1999. The major benefit from the project is long term promotion of whitebark pine seed as food for endangered grizzly bears and other wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Area. The project will improve general ecosystem health by promoting species diversity of both flora and fauna. The trees will also stabilize soil and protect water quality; whitebark pine have virtually no timber value. Other potential partners, in addition to the Targhee National Forest, include: Henry's Fork Foundation, a local conservation group that has offered to assist in planting and site preparation, and the National Arbor Day Foundation, which also was sent a funding proposal.
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