American Forests supported the planting of 28,800 white pine, ponderosa pine and western larch species historically a large part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Western white pine, a 'keystone' species of wetter ecosystems in north Idaho, has been reduced by over 95% due to the introduction of blisterrust from Europe in the early 1900s. The planting of blisterrust resistant seedlings is trending white pine back into our ecosystems and will help in promoting their resiliency. Trees will also provide cover, soil stabilization and visual rehabilitation of old roads corridors. Ponderosa pine and western larch will be planted to increase the relative distribution of shade intolerant, insect/disease resistant and fire tolerant species to contribute to restoring forestlands. Planting of these three species will help to promote long term stability in Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
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