Raising awareness about Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) and contributing data to further our understanding of an imperiled ecosystem.
The Whitebark Pine iNaturalist Project
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), a high-elevation tree species found across western North America, was proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in December 2020 as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act). The proposal to list whitebark pine was published in the National Register here: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status for Pinus albicaulis (Whitebark Pine) With Section 4(d) Rule.
The mission of this citizen-science project is two-fold:
1) To raise awareness about Whitebark Pine, and
2) To contribute data for a) furthering our understanding of the ecology and decline of Whitebark Pine, b) updating the known range of Whitebark Pine, and c) informing Whitebark Pine monitoring and conservation efforts.
Contribute observations to the project and provide identifications on iNaturalist here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/the-whitebark-pine-project
Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation
The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation (WPEF) is a non-profit, science-based organization working to restore and preserve the whitebark pine and to educate the public on its valuable ecosystem.
Learn more about the WPEF and donate here: https://whitebarkfound.org/
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