Year Planted: 2006 Trees Planted: 8,300 Location: Idaho
In 2006 Clearwater National Forest, with the support of Global ReLeaf, planted 8,300 whitebark and lodgepole pine. This planting will help restore these species to the area burned in the Beaver Lakes Complex fire of 2003. Whitebark pine populations are in decline across the Intermountain West due to the exotic pathogen white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola) and further threatened by mountain pine beetle. Whitebark pine provides an important food source for the grizzly bear, Clark's nutcracker and red squirrels. It is also a foundation species for protecting watersheds as it tolerates harsh, windswept sites that other conifers cannot, the shade of its canopy regulates snowmelt runoff and soil erosion, and its roots stabilize rocky and poorly developed soils. This project will also help reforestation needs on the National Forest due to recent wildfires.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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