Year Planted: 2010 Trees Planted: 35,000 Location: Idaho
Like many other National Forests, the Clearwater National Forests whitebark pine population has been in the decline because of white pine blister rust and the mountain pine beetle. The Regional Tree Improvement Program has bred whitebark pine trees that are fairly resistant to the white pine blister pathogen. 34,000 of these trees will be planted throughout 150 acres of land to re-establish the whitebark pine population in Clearwater National Forest. The whitebark pine is a keystone tree species for this area, providing a very important food source to local wildlife, stabilizing the soil, and protracting snow melt at high elevations.
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