Comments on Whitebark Pine Endangered Species Act listing
American Forests submitted public comment in 2010 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, supporting the protection of the whitebark pine species under the Endangered Species Act. Whitebark pine is a key part of the healthy high alpine ecosystem in the western U.S. that provides food and shelter for several animal species. The trees also prevent soil erosion, regulate mountain ice-melt, and supply water for several watersheds. Protection under the ESA would help in repairing the damage that insect infestations and disease have had on this critical species.